Wilson wants to be ready for 162


Wilson wants to be ready for 162

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Brian Wilson has obeyed everyinstruction from trainers and followed every step in the conservative timeline created forhim this spring as the Giants ease his right elbow back to full strength.

But when the season begins, Wilson doesnt want to be heldback.

I make the team healthy, there shouldnt be any worries orwhat-ifs or (thoughts of) maybe lightening the workload, he said on Saturday.You should be ready for 162 games.

Wilson continues to look healthy, if not completely lockedin. His third outing of the spring wasnt nearly as smooth as his first two andhe couldnt complete his scheduled inning on Saturday. But third baseman PabloSandoval threw away a potential double-play grounder that wouldve gottenWilson out of the inning quickly.

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Instead, Wilson had to push himself while throwing 30pitches before Scott Munter remember him? was summoned to get the finalout. The long outing was a good test for Wilsons elbow.

His stuff was fine and he had velocity, Giants managerBruce Bochy said. He was down to his last hitter and, never fails, he had tothrow nine or 10 pitches.

Wilson is starting to move from a rehabbing player to ahealthy, unrestricted one. He didnt think he needed to appear on consecutivedays until the end of the spring, saying its a valid point but that therewas no need to risk anything this early.

Bochy said he is eager to see how Wilson is able to bounceback, though.

Yeah, and Willie knows it, Bochy said. It would be greatto get that checked off and maybe get an out and go back out there.

Bochy said hed also like Wilson to go one-plus innings atsome point. He planned to avoid using Wilson for four- and five-out saves asmuch as he did in the past, but youd still like to have that option. Itd benice for Willie to occasionally do it.

Wilson is certainly sticking to the rest of his routine.Right-hander Clay Hensley has joined Wilsons intensive, constantly moving, boot-campstyle drills on the field that include running cones, crawling on all fours andsprinting with a parachute strapped to his waist.

Its not easy, Wilson said. I know that. He knows that.But thats the point. Its not easy to pitch.

Wilson went three-up, three-down in his first two outings. On Saturday, he was charged with an unearned run and struck out two while allowing a hit in addition to his two walks.

Giants catching prospect Garcia relishing reps in Arizona Fall League


Giants catching prospect Garcia relishing reps in Arizona Fall League

After being selected in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants, catcher Aramis Garcia quickly opened eyes with his power. Garcia totaled 15 home runs between Rookie Ball and Short Season Single-A in only 28 games after the draft. 

The next year, Garcia equaled his 15 long balls and spent the majority of his first full pro season at High Single-A. He also improved overall as a hitter, raising his 2014 slash line of .225/.301/.343 to .264/.342/.431 in 2015. The next climb up the farm system ladder was set in place, until it was gone with an excruciating injury. 

Garcia's 2016 season was limited to 47 games played as he sustained a facial fracture in May while sliding into second base. In an attempt to break up a double play, Garcia took a knee to the face. The injury kept him out until the end of July.

When the chance to play in the Arizona Fall League for the Scottsdale Scorpions arose, Garcia jumped at the opportunity. 

"First thing I did was call my parents and let them know," Garcia told MLB.com on Monday. "I was just really excited for getting the opportunity to play against guys who are extremely talented and obviously make up for reps, which are extremely important."

Garcia never did exactly find his rhythm after the injury and finished the season batting .257/.323/.340 with two homers in 41 games. In the first half, the 23-year-old hit .298/.359/.369 compared to a lowly .200/.273/.300 in the second half. 

The catcher known more for his offense than defense, is off to a slow start at the plate while facing some of the top prospects in baseball. Throuh six games, he has gone 3-for-17 at the plate, good for a .176 average. But, Garcia acknowledged he's focusing heavily on his defense in the AFL. 

"I feel like when somebody tries to steal on me, I tend to take it a little bit personally," he said. "It's definitely something I take pride in, something I work on hard every day. There's a little routine I do with receiving and footwork, things like that every day."

Behind the dish, Garcia caught 38 percent of base runners looking to swipe a bag on him last season. Through his three years in the minors, Garcia has erased 34 percent of base stealers and owns a .993 fielding percentage. 

Cubs, Indians name starting pitchers for Game 1 of World Series


Cubs, Indians name starting pitchers for Game 1 of World Series

World Series ace Jon Lester is all set to start Game 1 for the Chicago Cubs.

Lester will be fully rested when he pitches Tuesday night at Cleveland. Corey Kluber will start for the Indians.

The 32-year-old lefty is 2-0 in three starts during this postseason, with wins over the Giants and Dodgers in the NL playoffs. He was 19-5 during the regular season.

Lester is 3-0 in three starts in the World Series with a sparkling 0.43 ERA. He helped the Boston Red Sox win championships in 2007 and 2013.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon says Lester is "really, really in the moment" right now.


Indians ace Corey Kluber will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Manager Terry Francona said Sunday that he will go with Kluber, an 18-ame winner during the regular season, in the opener on Tuesday night. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA in his first postseason.

Francona has right-handers Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin penciled in for Games 2 and 3, respectively. The order could change depending on how Bauer's injured right pinkie heals over the next few days.

Bauer's start in the AL Championship Series lasted less than one inning after his pinkie began bleeding against Toronto. He injured his finger when he sliced it open while repairing a drone.

Also, injured starter Danny Salazar could be available against the Cubs. Salazar hasn't pitched since Sept. 9 because of forearm tightness but he's made major progress in the past week and could be on the World Series roster.