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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: Buster Posey out, Hunter Pence back in for opener vs Brewers

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Giants lineup: Buster Posey out, Hunter Pence back in for opener vs Brewers

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Brewers-Giants coverage begins at 6pm with Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming right here.

A day after taking a couple shots on defense and in the batter's box, Buster Posey is getting the night off as the Brewers come to town.

Milwaukee Brewers:
1. Eric Thames (L) 1B
2. Jonathan Villar (S) 2B
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Travis Shaw (L) 3B
5. Domingo Santana (R) RF
6. Stephen Vogt (L) C
7. Keon Broxton (R) CF
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Zach Davies (R) P

San Francisco Giants:
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Hunter Pence (R) RF
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
9. Chris Stratton (R) P

Report: Veteran opts out of minor league deal with Giants

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Report: Veteran opts out of minor league deal with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have taken flyers on plenty of veterans this season. A player they once hoped would help fill the outfield void won't finish the season with the organization. 

Melvin Upton Jr. opted out of his minor league deal, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Per Heyman, Upton Jr. is hoping to find a late-season job with a contender. 

The 33-year-old signed a deal with the Giants in April and it looked a good bet that he would get a shot for a team that has spent most of the season looking for an everyday left fielder.

But Upton Jr. didn't play a game for the River Cats until July 1, and after that he needed an additional five weeks to rehab a sore shoulder. In 12 games in Triple-A, he hit .244 with one homer. 

The Giants have had 13 players get an at-bat in left field, with a combined .246 average and .657 OPS.