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Amy G's Giants Xclusive: Brian Wilson

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Amy G's Giants Xclusive: Brian Wilson

Editor's Note: Get to know the San Francisco Giants with all of Amy G's Giants Xclusives in her video archive.

Amy: Brian Wilson joining us for an Amy G. Giants Xclusive, cause he said whenever I wanted to do this he would do it, and then I asked today and he did it.

Brian: And here we are. Following his word.

A: Man of his word. Thanks for logging on to CSNBayArea.com. It's nice and warm in this clubhouse, because it is not very nice and warm outside.

B: So summer in San Francisco, it's freezing. We love it obviously but, um, right now it's climate controlled and we love that more.

A: Yeah. All right, you just got done doing a pretty amazing thing with some Junior Giants and giving them some cool stuff. Tell us about what it was.

B: Well, we decided to bring out some of the Junior Giants clubs here in the local area and...I don't know, just give some gloves away. Why not?

A: You did this last year too.

B: Yeah, I did it last year.
A: It's a cool thing you're doing again.

B: I like to keep it on-going as long as I'm given the opportunity and privilege to be a baseball player, and um, it's something that I, I think needs to be instilled in baseball. Bringing back the passion, the desire, and um....

A: The basics.

B: Just the fun. Well yeah, the basics.

A: A glove, to be able to play catch. It's kind of hard to believe a kid doesn't have that and yet that's the society we're in.

B: Exactly.

A: Yeah. So, um, they had a good time. What was your favorite question?

B: Who is my favorite princess? I got that question.

A: Who is it?

B: I nailed the answer. It was...It was Ariel.

A: Of course! Please.

B: It was a no-brainer answer.

A: My four-year-old daughter would be very proud of you. That's her favorite princess as well.

B: Nice.
A: Ok, let's talk a little rehab. How are you doing? Where are you in the whole process?

B: I'm at the three-month mark coming up pretty soon, the 12 weeks. And I'm ahead of schedule.

A: Of course.

B: But I didn't find that weird or odd. I mean, I pretty much knew that was going to happen. It's not a question of "Will I come back?" or not even when. It's, it's not - It shouldn't even be a question.

A: Right.

B: I'm on my path to playing baseball. I had a minor setback but it hasn't really stopped anything.

A: The media was asking manager Bruce Bochy, seeing you out there today, they're like, "Where is Brian in his rehab?" And he goes, "Well, he's doing really well. He's not supposed to have picked up a ball or thrown a football or thrown a ball at this time, but knowing Brian, he probably has." So anything to 'fess up to?

B: I mean....

A: What is she talking about? I throw baseballs?

B: I had my first bullpen yesterday on a surfboard, but it's like one time.
A: Other than that.

B: Yeah, no. I'm keeping within the guidelines. There's no reason to push anything but at the same time there's no reason to digress.

A: Right.

B: I'm doing everything in my power. What I know best is hard work and that's what got me here, so I mean, that comes natural so rehab's easy for me.

A: Last one for you: How much a part of rehab - besides the physical stuff you're doing - is coming back and being in the clubhouse, and being around the guys, and going and talking to fans? I mean, that's part of it too.

B: That's a large part of it because that's what baseball players do. You forget about all the little things that are in your schedule and your routine, and then you get hurt and then all of a sudden your routine gets thrown apart, and you- You go through a roller coaster of emotions. You don't know really where you fit in and you have to try and get the mindset of "Ok, I'm rehabbing, I need to come to the park again, I need to be a teammate, I need to talk to the fans."

A: Check my beard.

B: Yeah, just check my beard. What's going on?

A: All right. Brian Wilson, thank you for doing this.

B: Of course.

A: And you guys always love to see him so we'll do it again next year.

B: All right. Toodles.

A: Right after you get a save.

B: That's the sign-off today. Toodles.

Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start this weekend

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Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start this weekend

PHOENIX — A few weeks ago, Nick Hundley said he preferred not to talk about his future until the end of the season. We’re close enough, so after hitting the go-ahead homer Monday night, Hundley was again asked about his 2018 plans. He smiled.

“How many have we got left? Five?” he said. “Ask me Sunday.”

It’s not just the media and fans seeking an answer from the popular backup who has nine homers. The Giants hope to get some feel from Hundley as they finalize offseason plans, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would talk to the veteran this week. Bochy left no doubt about what he hopes will happen.

“I think he knows what we think of him,” he said. 

Hundley, a 34-year-old who came over in the offseason, has been one of the few overachievers this season. He has 32 extra-base hits in 274 at-bats, taking advantage of increased time with Brandon Belt done for the year and Buster Posey sliding over to first base. Hundley is one of the lineup’s more potent right-handed options, and he has earned praise from the starting staff. Johnny Cueto said Hundley helped him navigate a post-clinch Diamondbacks lineup that was essentially pulled straight out of Triple-A. 

Cueto did so with ease, striking out eight in six innings. He evened his record at 8-8, and he’ll have a chance to clinch a winning season on Sunday. Bochy said Cueto will start the final game of the season, and he confirmed that Matt Cain will start either Friday or Saturday. Asked for more details, the manager kept it just as mysterious as his catcher. 

“I’ll let you know tomorrow,” he said. 

Giants lineup: Pence leading off, lefties back in against D'backs

Giants lineup: Pence leading off, lefties back in against D'backs

After batting fourth on Sunday in Los Angeles, Hunter Pence is back in the leadoff spot in the series opener against Arizona.

Additionally, Denard Span, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker return after sitting against Clayton Kershaw.

San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Denard Span (L) CF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
8. Nick Hundley (R) C
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Arizona Diamondbacks:
1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
2. Kristopher Negron (R) SS
3. Brandon Drury (R) 2B
4. Christian Walker (R) 1B
5. Rey Fuentes (L) CF
6. Adam Rosales (R) 3B
7. Jeremy Hazelbaker (L) RF
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
9. Zack Godley (R) P