EXTRAS: Giants steel themselves in wake of Wilson's injury

April 15, 2012, 6:09 am
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Bruce Bochy was almost an hour late to his pregame media session. When he finally made it, his mood was somber.

When asked about Brian Wilson's availability in Saturday's game, Bochy muttered, "This is going to take a while."

He and head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner went on to detail the MRI that revealed structural damage in Wilson's business elbow.

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Bochy did not hold a team meeting to inform his players, rather, he let the news dissipate on its own.

Here is a collection of reactions from the team:

Bochy: "I feel real bad for Willy ... He'll be back ... This bullpen is going to have to tighten up."

Sergio Romo: "He's our closer. He's our captain. He's the leader of our bullpen. To lose a guy like him, it hurts a lot."

Nate Schierholtz: "I'll put our bullpen up against any in the major league."

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Barry Zito: "It's a huge blow, but we've got some studs down there."

Emmanuel Burriss: "It kind of takes the wind out of you. Hopefully it isn't as bad as it seems. I hope everybody keeps their fingers crossed."

The Giants need to clear a roster space for Ryan Vogelsong before his Sunday start. With Wilson likely looking at season-ending surgery, the plan is to place the Giants closer on the DL. The move is expected to be made prior to Game 3 between the Pirates and Giants -- Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Brandon Belt will be back in the lineup Sunday after five games on the pine.

"We need to keep him in the mix," said Bochy. "But I don't want to put pressure on him to perform."

Aubrey Huff will get the day off.

After a day off for Buster Posey Saturday, he'll be back in the squat Sunday, catching Vogelsong's first start of the season.

The Giants have committed three errors in a game three times already this season.

Despite the sloppy fielding, Bochy said after the game he believes this team will be better defensively than the 2011 squad.

They lead the majors with 13 errors in eight games.

Freddy Sanchez is finally turning double plays.

Before the game Bochy said he is doing "quite well." Sanchez played in a camp game Friday and is close to making a rehab assignment with the Fresno Grizzlies.

The second baseman's double-play throw to first is all arm, and it has given Sanchez the most trouble.

Zito will join Train on stage at The Fillmore Sunday night to perform their song, "Save Me San Francisco."

"I didn't get a chance to rehearse," Zito said. "But I'll meet 'em at sound check and make it happen."

Ryan Theriot -- longtime friend and teammate to Mike Fontenot -- said he spoke to the former Giant Friday. Fontenot was recently offered a minor-league contract with the Phillies.

"Are we rivals?" Theriot asked the game. "I'm real happy for him, I know he was anxious to get back in it."