Wilson slowed a bit by arm soreness

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Wilson slowed a bit by arm soreness

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants adjusted the pitching schedule for Brian Wilson due to some mild soreness in his right arm, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Wilson hasn't pitched since Saturday, his third appearance in a Cactus League game, when he threw 30 pitches in an inning prolonged by third baseman Pablo Sandoval's error. The three-time All-Star closer is on the schedule to face hitters in a minor league game Thursday.

Wilson looked fine as he played catch Wednesday and Bochy said he could've used his closer if it were a regular-season game. The club is operating with an abundance of caution because Wilson's inflamed right elbow limited him to two appearances after Aug. 15 last season.

Bochy described Wilson's soreness as typical spring training stuff. He still has time to check off the remaining boxes, including appearances on consecutive days. Overall, Wilson and the Giants are happy with how the spring has gone. He's hitting 96 mph and his cutter and slider are taking shape.

In other injury news -- Bochy is giving right fielder Nate Schierholtz another day to rest his strained right forearm. Schierholtz is expected to start Thursday; Emmanuel Burriss will play right field Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear.

A number of players are staying back to get at-bats in minor league camp. Among them are Ryan Theriot and Angel Pagan, who haven't found their stroke yet this spring. Freddy Sanchez, who still isn't ready to play second base, also will get at-bats on the minor league side. And right-hander Guillermo Mota will get stretched out to two innings against minor leaguers.

Finally, right-hander Sergio Romo appears to be getting past the elbow discomfort that put him on the shelf for a few days as a precaution. Romo is on the schedule to pitch Friday against the Texas Rangers at Scottsdale Stadium.

Here's the lineup traveling to Goodyear:

CF Gregor Blanco
2B Mike Fontenot
3B Pablo Sandoval
DH Buster Posey
1B Brandon Belt
LF Brett Pill
RF Emmanuel Burriss
SS Brandon Crawford
C Chris Stewart
P Eric Surkamp

Giants use big fifth, sixth innings to take down Cubs

Giants use big fifth, sixth innings to take down Cubs

BOX SCORE

At Scottsdale, Arizona, Giants starter Matt Cain gave up two runs — one earned — and three hits over two innings.

New Giants closer Mark Melancon tossed a 1-2-3 third inning in his first outing. Cain threw 40 pitches and Justin Ruggiano had an RBI double in a three-run fifth.

Javier Baez went 2 for 3 with an RBI double.

Giants spring training Day 13: Cain goes two; Melancon has perfect debut

Giants spring training Day 13: Cain goes two; Melancon has perfect debut

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Bruce Bochy planned to give most of his pitchers one-inning stints during the first weekend of spring ball, but Matt Cain stretched it out to 40 pitches on Saturday. 

“I’ve had enough days off the past couple of years,” Cain said, smiling.

In his first start of a crucial spring, Cain threw two innings. He was charged with three hits and two runs, just one of them earned. 

“He’s in a good place right now with his arm strength,” Bochy said. “His delivery is consistent. I’m glad he got a lot of work today, to be honest. It’s something he needs as much as anybody on this staff, is work. He’s going to get it.”

Ty Blach, Cain’s biggest competition for the fifth starter spot, gave up four hits and one earned in his two innings. Neither pitcher was hit particularly hard, and both suffered a bit from iffy defense in the early innings of an 8-6 win over the Cubs. 

The inning separating Cain and Blach was notable for other reasons. Mark Melancon made his Giants debut, getting two groundouts and a fly to right in a quick inning. Melancon received a nice ovation, and he noted the opponent — a Cubs team that helped guarantee the Giants would spend big on a closer — but he didn’t put any added importance on the outing. 

“It doesn’t matter what I do out there right now,” he said. 

Melancon’s new teammates might disagree. Spring or not, the Giants certainly enjoyed watching a closer breeze through his inning. Especially against the Cubs. 

“He’s a pro,” Bochy said. “He’s going to be out there working on stuff, his command and pitches. It was good for Buster (Posey) to catch him. It was a good day for him.”

NOTABLE: On his first swing of the spring, Posey threw his bat up against the visiting dugout. It can only go uphill from there … Bryan Morris had a scoreless debut, striking out one … Josh Osich ran into some trouble in the eighth and gave up a pair of runs, but Bochy appreciated the way he fought his way out of the frame … Former Giants prospect Chris Dominguez started for the Cubs at first base. He had a couple of hits ... If you're headed to Goodyear for tomorrow's game, Joe Panik, Brandon Belt, Conor Gillaspie, Jimmy Rollins, Mac Williamson, Jarrett Parker, Gorkys Hernandez and Trevor Brown will start behind Matt Moore. Also, if you're headed to Goodyear, I'm sorry. 

TRAINER’S ROOM: Eduardo Nuñez is limited to DH duty for now because of a sore throwing shoulder. Nuñez said the tightness popped up after some work in the weight room, but he’s not concerned at all. He said he would have played third base if Saturday’s game was a regular season contest. The Giants expect him in the field sometime next week. 

Nuñez also said it took five weeks after the season ended for his hamstring to get back to 100 percent, so apparently that injury was much worse than it first looked. Nuñez was out on the field before every NLDS game, trying to get clearance to return. He never quite got there. 

Will Smith (elbow) is just a day or two from throwing off flat ground, Bochy said. 

CUETO UPDATE: The Giants had hoped to have Johnny Cueto in camp this weekend, but he remains in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. Cueto is waiting for a visa for his ill father, Domingo, who will travel to Scottsdale with Johnny. 

LIGHTER SIDE: Brandon Crawford spent a couple of minutes learning some of Jeff Samardzija’s mound moves. The impersonation is pretty solid.