Posey helps Wilson make scoreless spring debut

Posey helps Wilson make scoreless spring debut
March 12, 2012, 12:32 am
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brian Wilson was scheduled to throwaround 25 pitches in an inning of work Sunday against the Mariners.He only needed nine pitches, however, to record a scorelessfourth inning, and he was helped by his battery mate Buster Posey on aninning-ending strike em out, throw em out double play.It was nice to see Buster behind the dish throwing peopleout, Wilson said. Although the ideal situation is not to have a guy on. ButIll take it.

Carlos Peguero was the lone man to get on, as he singled ona line drive to left field after Wilson induced a ground out from Justin Smoakon his second pitch of the outing.EXTRAS: Crawford not just a glove, Sandoval's first spring shot
After throwing out his first baserunner of the spring, Poseysaid that he enjoyed catching the man who threw him the last pitch of the 2010World Series.Hes a fun guy to catch, Posey said. He commands the ball so well on bothsides of the plate.Wilson threw six of his nine pitches for strikes and reached93-94 MPH on his fastball. He mixed in a few cutters, including on his onestrikeout of Vinnie Catricala, but didnt use his slider.He was non-committal about whether he plans to debut theslide-piece before Opening Day.If the situation is necessary, he said. Maybe I just keepthat in the back pocket and snow that snapdragon during the season. Maybe havea reaction like Wow! I didnt know that was coming.Posey was impressed with Wilsons short but sweet debut.The ball was coming out really well, he said. The cutter was good. He lookedgreat.Wilsons first Cactus League action came behind schedule because of elbowissues that plagued him at the end of the 2011 season. But Wilson downplayedlast years injury and current concerns about his health.I was confident last year when I was put on the shelf,Wilson said. It was just precautionary measures.Wilson said that his next action will come on Wednesday and he will make histhird appearance on St. Patricks Day.Wilson also acknowledged that he has lost some weight, all fat, as he works onhis flexibility and endurance.I dont know exactly how much weight Ive lost but apparently its noticeable,he said. I think I look nice.

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