Giants closer Wilson on track to throw again Monday

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Giants closer Wilson on track to throw again Monday

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. It wasnt Game 5 of the World Series. But Bruce Bochy liked what he saw when Brian Wilson took the mound on Thursday.The Giants All-Star closer threw 20 pitches, took a rest to replicate an inning break, then threw 20 more. Bochy estimated that Wilson was throwing with 80 percent effort, but noted that there were some cutters and sliders in the mix.Wilson is on the schedule to throw with the second group of pitchers, meaning he would take the mound on Monday. But Bochy confirmed that Wilson would not face hitters as other pitchers graduate to that step, and his black beard wouldnt grace the mound during the first week of Cactus League games.

We wont see him in game action until probably the second week, Bochy said.Wilson endured a trying season in 2011, when he began on the disabled list because of back stiffness and then appeared in only two games after straining his elbow Aug. 15 at Atlanta. Shortly thereafter, Wilson saw the nations two preeminent elbow specialists, Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Lewis Yocum, who shared the opinion that he could rehab the elbow without surgery.Wilson acknowledged earlier this month that he should have scaled back his rigorous offseason workouts after throwing the World Series-clinching pitch on Nov. 1, 2010. He did more cardio and baseball-specific work this past winter and lifted fewer reps in the gym.

Giants lineup: Bochy places Arroyo right behind Posey vs Dodgers

Giants lineup: Bochy places Arroyo right behind Posey vs Dodgers

After recording his first hit in the big leagues, the Giants are making Christian Arroyo into Buster Posey's protection vs. the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers (10-11)

1. Cody Bellinger (L) LF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
6. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
7. Chase Utley (L) 2B
8. Andrew Toles (L) CF
9. Alex Wood (R) P

San Francisco Giants (7-14)

1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
3. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Christian Arroyo (R) 3B
6. Joe Panik (L) 2B
7. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Giants call up Morse, place Span on DL, put Crawford on bereavement list

Giants call up Morse, place Span on DL, put Crawford on bereavement list

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants scored 10 runs on the last road trip and three over the first two games against the Dodgers. They made a move Wednesday to try and address that issue. 

Michael Morse had his contract purchased from Triple-A Sacramento as part of a flurry of roster moves that included the call-up of Kelby Tomlinson. Brandon Crawford was put on the three-day bereavement list to attend the funeral services of his sister-in-law, Jennifer Pippin. Denard Span was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder sprain and Jarrett Parker (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a roster spot for Morse.

Morse, 35, came to camp with the Giants after a deal struck with Bobby Evans at Hunter Pence's wedding. It was his last shot at playing professional baseball, and as April approached, Morse had shown enough to be in position to make the opening day roster. A strained left hamstring ended those plans, but Morse stayed in Scottsdale to rehab before joining the San Jose Giants and River Cats. He was 5-for-20 in six rehab games but the reports given to team officials stated that he was having good at-bats. 

Morse was a popular presence during the 2014 title run, hitting 16 homers in the regular season and a huge one off Pat Neshek in the NLCS-clinching win over the Cardinals. The Giants could use his power bat in left, at first base, and off the bench. A struggling and banged-up team could also some personality added to the clubhouse, and Morse is always ready in that regard.

Tomlinson was optioned to Triple-A at the end of spring training. He was batting just .220 for Sacramento, but he gives the Giants a versatile glove with Crawford out.