Posey helps Wilson make scoreless spring debut

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Posey helps Wilson make scoreless spring debut

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.

Bumgarner diagnosed with Grade 2 shoulder sprain, not expected back before break

Bumgarner diagnosed with Grade 2 shoulder sprain, not expected back before break

SAN FRANCISCO -- One of the most important men in the Giants organization over the next two months won't be seen on the field. Madison Bumgarner has been turned over to Tony Reale, the team's physical therapist, for the start of his rehab from a dirt bike accident. The process kicked off Friday, and a week after they first announced the injury, the Giants provided additional details. 

Trainer Dave Groeschner said Bumgarner has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 left shoulder sprain, which means there are partial tears in his shoulder. The diagnosis was not a surprise, and neither is the timetable. Bumgarner is expected to need two months before he can get back on the mound and then another three to four weeks of throwing and rehab starts before he's big league-ready. If all goes according to plan, he will return to the rotation right after the All-Star break, although the early rehab process will determine if the timetable can be moved up a bit or if it has to be pushed back. 

The medical process is led by Dr. Ken Akizuki, the team's orthopedist, but outside specialists were consulted. Dr. Tim McAdams, the team doctor for the 49ers, saw Bumgarner and his test results were sent to Dr. James Andrews, the most famous name in the field, and Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed Will Smith's Tommy John surgery. All of the doctors agreed that Bumgarner does not need surgery. 

"That's nice to hear," Groeschner said. "It's nice when everyone is in agreement. Now we'll put a plan in place and work on the rehab and get him back. Bum is a very conscientious person. We feel good about the fact that if we’re going to ask him to do something (to rehab), he’s going to do it.”

The Giants are confident Bumgarner will attack the rehab process. He has been diligent in the opening days about icing and getting treatment. They also are confident that the injury will not hamper his unique delivery, although more will be known as he gets closer to throwing. 

In the meantime, Ty Blach will take his second turn in Bumgarner's spot on Sunday. 

Giants lineup: Morse gets first start, Posey out vs Padres

Giants lineup: Morse gets first start, Posey out vs Padres

Programming note: Padres-Giants coverage starts today at 6:00pm with Giants Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

Andy Green and Bruce Bochy issued their lineups for today's series opener at AT&T Park:

Padres (9-15)

1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Erick Aybar (S) SS
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B
5. Ryan Schimpf (L) 3B
6. Cory Spangenberg (L) LF
7. Austin Hedges (R) C
8. Jabari Blash (R) RF
9. Luis Perdomo (R) P

Giants (8-15) 

1. Joe Panik (L) 2B
2. Brandon Belt (L) LF
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Michael Morse (R) 1B
5. Christian Arroyo (R) SS
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P