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Wilson has pain-free bullpen session, discusses elbow injury

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Wilson has pain-free bullpen session, discusses elbow injury

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brian Wilson was out of character in two ways Monday. First, he dialed back the intensity in his first official bullpen session of the spring. Then he dialed back the personality while discussing his day with reporters.But a subdued and serious Wilson also made a fairly big revelation, saying the right elbow he strained in August was an issue that actually bothered him most of the season. His left hip didnt feel so good, either.Its no wonder his strikeouts were down and his walks were up.

Asked to explain those numbers, Wilson said, Probably pitching with a hurt elbow the whole year, and a bad hip. You could blame a ton of things. But Im the one throwing the ball.Wilson plans to throw again in two days. Both he and Giants coaches were pleased with his first session, even though he didnt come close to throwing full bore. He estimated his intensity was 75 percent, although he "tested the waters" with a couple of firmer fastballs toward the end.I feel like Im right on schedule, Wilson said. Its a check on the checklist. Its a standard bullpen. I dont look too deep into it. But as far as pain, I was pain-free. No ailments, no tweaks, no inflammation.Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said Wilson was better than I expected him to be, adding that the All-Star closer finished his pitches with full extension rather than recoil or short-arm the ball.Its not something you get excited about right away, but this was a good start, Righetti said. I dont know that it changes our thinking on the timetable at all. But there was nothing there to cause me any concern.The timetable calls for Wilson to build gradual intensity; hes not likely to appear in a Cactus League game until the club is at least a week into the exhibition schedule. He might not pitch back-to-back outings until late in camp.I dont think he needs a lot of outings, to be honest, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Hes pretty simple with his delivery and I think thats going to help with his command.He was getting extension there. I liked where he was with his arm slot, with everything. I was happy today. Hes on pace. Hes where he should be. Hes been through a lot. He had to do the rehab road and that can get a little old. But hes been relentless with it.Wilson hasnt always struck the greatest balance between relentlessness and conservatism. He said the elbow issues havent changed his mentality on the mound.Not at all, he said. Youll have to physically take me off the mound. If it means I have to pitch left-handed, I will. I dont care if I get injured. I pitch to get three outs, then worry about tomorrow when I wake up.Wilson switched his off season routine to de-emphasize weight training and do more sports-specific movement. He said he feels good and hopes his increased flexibility will help stave off the left hip and side issues that seem to crop up every year.Its bothered me my whole life, Wilson said. It happens on your land leg as a pitcher. Mine gets tighter than most.If Wilson seems tighter in general this spring, maybe its because the Showtime cameras have moved on to South Florida and his Got Heem catchphrase has been appropriated by the MLB Network.No, Wilson probably wont drive a different crazy car to the ballpark every day this spring. (Including an unmarked police cruiser one morning, when he memorably locked Sergio Romo in the passenger seat.)But even if Wilson walks a straighter and more boring line this spring, he'll still manage to do it his way. He took off his socks to reveal his toenails, brightly painted black and red.

Unhappy Buster Posey bashes Phillies closer after hit-by-pitch

Unhappy Buster Posey bashes Phillies closer after hit-by-pitch

In what was set up to be a pivotal matchup of the game turned into a heated exchange.

Buster Posey stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday against Phillies closer Hector Neris.

But Posey never got to swing the bat. On the first pitch, Neris drilled the Giants catcher in the ribs with a 95 MPH fastball.

Posey whinced in pain and as he walked to first base, he appeared to ask Neris if the pitch was on purpose.

After the game, Posey was asked about the kerfuffle.

"I'm pretty certain he hit me on purpose. And it's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat and he's got good stuff. But I guess he didn't feel like he couldn't get me out," Posey told reporters after the game.

Posey was asked if he could think of any incidents in previous games against the Phillies that could have led to the hit-by-pitch. He said no and asked the reporters if they could think of anything.

Posey's comments were brought to Neris after the game.

"It's stupid because nobody who watched that said, 'Oh he hit him on purpose in that situation,'" Neris told reporters, according to the Philly Inquirer.

Posey and Neris have faced each other just one time in the past. In the ninth inning of the June 3 matchup in Philadelphia, Posey flew out to left field.

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner pitched six innings in one of his best starts this season, took a line drive off his left shin and hit an RBI single that temporarily gave the Giants an early lead.

The reward? A heaping of praise from manager Bruce Bochy, handshakes from his teammates and another no-decision - Bumgarner's third in eight starts since coming off the disabled list.

Philadelphia rookie Rhys Hoskins homered again, Pedro Florimon contributed with his bat and arm, and the Phillies scored three runs in the eighth to beat the Giants 5-2 on Sunday.

In what has been a theme for San Francisco much of the season, Bumgarner's efforts were overshadowed by another meltdown from the Giants' bullpen.

"I thought it was a good day for Madison," Bochy said. "We had it lined up like we wanted as far as the bullpen. (Hunter Strickland) just had an off day making some mistakes."

Bumgarner allowed one run and four hits. He stayed in despite taking a sharp line drive off his left shin in the second inning by Nick Williams - earlier this month, Williams hit Mets ace Jacob deGrom in the triceps with a line drive, forcing him from the game.

"I tried to do a kick save but I wasn't very good at soccer," Bumgarner said. "It almost worked out."

Hoskins connected for a solo drive in the ninth inning, making him the first Phillies player in at least 100 years to hit five home runs in his first 11 major league games.

"I got to better counts, I think this week, and the results show," Hoskins said.

Florimon hit a two-run single off Strickland (2-3) to cap a three-run eighth inning that made it 4-2. Florimon also had an RBI double off Bumgarner in the second, then made a sparkling defensive play in left field to throw out Buster Posey at the plate in the bottom of the inning.

It was Florimon's first major league game in left field.

"I just try to catch the ball and throw the ball to home plate and see what happens," Florimon said. "I made a good throw."

Adam Morgan (2-1) retired three batters for the win, a day after throwing just one pitch and getting the victory.

Hector Neris pitched 1 1/3 innings for his 15th save. He struck out Pablo Sandoval with the bases loaded to end the eighth after hitting Posey in the back with a pitch, then fanned Denard Span with two on in the ninth to end it.

The Phillies won the season series against the Giants for the first time since 2011.

Philadelphia trailed 2-1 going into the eighth. Hoskins and Maikel Franco hit consecutive one-out singles before Jorge Alfaro tied it with an RBI single. After Williams singled to load the bases, Florimon slapped a 1-2 pitch into right field.

Posey had two hits and an RBI, extending his hitting streak against the Phillies to 22 games. Kelby Tomlinson scored a run and Ryder Jones doubled and scored for San Francisco.

PAINED POSEY:
Posey had a rough afternoon physically. In addition to taking a 95 mph fastball in the back, Posey also appeared to get hurt while tagging out a sliding Cameron Perkins at the plate in the second.

Afterward, the Giants' All-Star catcher voiced his displeasure about Neris.

"I'm certain that he hit me on purpose," Posey said. "It's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat and he's got good stuff. But I guess he didn't feel like he could get me out."

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Giants 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) continues to make steady progress and could come off the disabled list in time to join San Francisco on its upcoming road trip that begins Friday in Arizona.

UP NEXT:
Phillies: The team gets an off day before hosting Miami in a doubleheader Tuesday. RHP Dan Straily (7-8, 3.80 ERA) pitches in the first game and RHP Jose Urena (11-5, 3.61 ERA) goes in the nightcap.

Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (1-2, 4.91) faces Milwaukee on Monday.