Amy G's Giants Xclusive: Brian Wilson

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Amy G's Giants Xclusive: Brian Wilson

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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.

Giants spring training Day 44: Marrero caps huge spring with eighth homer

Giants spring training Day 44: Marrero caps huge spring with eighth homer

MESA, Ariz. — The Giants went 0-62 last season when trailing after eight innings. Chris Marrero wasn’t around for any of that, but it’s a stat that could help Marrero as he tries to lock up a bench spot. 

The first baseman/left fielder crushed a three-run shot in the ninth inning Tuesday, wiping out a two-run deficit against the Cubs. Marrero also has two walk-off homers this spring. 

“This kid, you see it when he goes up there. He’s got great focus,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s intensity and determination. From day one, you could see it in his at-bats. Late in the game, he seems very comfortable. He wants to go up there.”

Tuesday’s homer, which shot out to right-center, was the eighth of the spring for Marrero. That ties him with a guy named Bryce Harper for the MLB lead, and the vast majority of Marrero’s bombs were no-doubters. 

“It’s been a great spring for him,” Bochy said. “The last game here, it seems fitting that he would do something like that. He’s already done it a couple of times. This kid has done all he can. I love his swing and the work that he’s put in.”

With Michael Morse down, Marrero is the best remaining option as a power right-handed bat off the bench, a glaring need a year ago. Justin Ruggiano, another one in the mix, followed Marrero’s shot with one of his own. The homer was Ruggiano’s second of the spring. 

Ruggiano is a better fit defensively in the outfield, but Marrero has been solid at first and Bochy said he’s fine with what he’s seen in left field. “He’s still working on it,” Bochy said, noting that Marrero will play left field during the Bay Bridge Series. 

LEADING OFF: Denard Span saw a wild pitch bounce off the bricks behind home plate, and he never slowed down. Span sped around third in the second inning and slid in ahead of the throw. The notable part of the play wasn’t that a quirky bounce allowed Span to take 180 feet on a wild pitch. It was that his legs did. The 33-year-old has been a different guy in his second spring with the Giants. Last year, Span was coming off hip surgery. This spring, his old game has returned.

“I’ve just been able to do the things I’ve always been able to do,” Span said. “I have more control of my body. I’m stronger. I had a full offseason and a full spring training to get my legs up under me. The last couple of weeks, I’ve felt much better and more confident.”

A healthy and spry Span would be a big boost to a lineup that often looked flat in the second half last season Span showed off every aspect of his game Tuesday. He blasted a leadoff homer on Jake Arrieta’s second pitch, and during their second matchup, he put a perfect bunt down the third base line for a single. Span stole second easily before his race home. 

“He’s playing terrific baseball and he’s been a real inspiration, being our leadoff hitter,” Bochy said. “That’s what we needed — energy at the top of the order.”

TRAINER’S ROOM: Eduardo Nuñez (shoulder) is feeling much better, and Bochy said he’ll play third base during the games at AT&T Park before getting four or five innings at shortstop on Saturday. Joe Panik (drilled in the back on Monday) said he’s feeling fine. 

POSITION BATTLES: Here’s the latest on Matt Cain, and here’s an update on Aaron Hill and Jimmy Rollins. 

ICYMI: Big news today from NBC Bay Area. Matt Williams, Javier Lopez and Cody Ross have joined out pre- and post-game shows. You can find stories about those guys on our homepage here. Those shows will also now be an hour long on both ends of the game, adding an extra hour of Giants coverage to your day. Which is good. 

That’s all on the way during the regular season. If you missed any of our spring coverage, you can find a bunch of features here, and podcasts here (spring pods included Mike Morse, Matt Cain, Mac Williamson, Jimmy Rollins and others, with one more coming this week). And in case you’re new to our coverage, the Twitter account is here and the Facebook page is here. Next stop, San Francisco … 

 

Giants appear to have decided between Hill or Rollins for roster spot

Giants appear to have decided between Hill or Rollins for roster spot

MESA, Ariz. -- Aaron Hill didn't play in the final Cactus League game, but he didn't need to. By simply being on the flight to San Francisco on Tuesday, Hill got good news. 

The veteran infielder was due a $100,000 bonus on Tuesday, and while the Giants haven't formally announced their roster, you don't pay a man that much money to come play three exhibition games against the A's. Hill appears to have made this club as a second backup infielder, along with Conor Gillaspie. Another veteran, Jimmy Rollins, got the news that the Giants are headed in a different direction. 

Team officials spoke with Rollins this week about their future plans. He was not on the travel roster Tuesday and did not attend the game against the Cubs. 

"We're waiting to hear back from him," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He knows the scenario and the situation. We're waiting to hear back."

Rollins, 38, showed the Giants that he can still handle shortstop defensively, and he was a quick learner when he moved to second. But he hit just .119, falling behind Hill, Kelby Tomlinson and others in the mix for bench spots. It would seem unlikely that Rollins would want to get additional at-bats in Triple-A, but that feeling hadn't been fully conveyed to team officials Tuesday. There was a hope that Rollins, an East Bay native, might join the team for the Bay Bridge Series, which finishes Saturday in Oakland. Rollins grew up an A's fan.

Rollins and Hill were part of a crowded infield group at the start of camp. Gordon Beckham also had a retention bonus and he asked to be released when he was told he wouldn't make the opening day roster. David Hernandez, the third player due a bonus, also was released. He promptly signed with the Atlanta Braves.