Giants figure out next step for Brian Wilson


Giants figure out next step for Brian Wilson

LOS ANGELES Brian Wilson hasnt changed his fashion senseduring his time away from the Giants this season.

He walked into the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium onTuesday with his usual ensemble of v-neck vintage T-shirt, trucker mesh cap,skater shorts, brightly colored socks and silver high tops fit for a moonlanding.

And the beard, of course a bit more of a birds nest thanusual.

He looked good, looked healthy, Giants manager Bruce Bochysaid. The beard did not look healthy.

As for the health of Wilsons right elbow? Bochy received afull download from Wilson, and after getting with trainers, they forged a planfor the All-Star closer to begin playing catch in October. That would be sixmonths after Tommy John surgery to reconstruct his ulnar collateral ligament.

Bochy said there was no reason for Wilson to push therecovery schedule, since he isnt expected to be ready until spring training.

I talked to Willie quite a bit, Bochy said. It seems likehes in a good place mentally. I thought he lost weight earlier. He put it backon. He looks good.

The Giants still must figure out a contract for Wilson, whois eligible for arbitration one more time. He is making 8.5 million and theGiants by rule could seek to cut his salary by no more than 20 percent if theygo through the arbitration process. That would mean a salary of at least 6.8million, which is quite an investment for a pitcher coming off a major surgery.

Of course, Wilson is also the only Giant to throw a WorldSeries-clinching pitch in five-plus decades in San Francisco. So theres that.

However they arrive at the salary number, the important partis that the Giants still expect Wilson to be part of the organization nextseason.

Cubs rock Kershaw, reach first World Series since 1945


Cubs rock Kershaw, reach first World Series since 1945


CHICAGO -- Cursed by a Billy Goat, bedeviled by Bartman and crushed by decades of disappointment, the Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series.

Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early and the Cubs won their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.

The drought ended when closer Aroldis Chapman got Yasiel Puig to ground into a double play, setting off a wild celebration at Wrigley Field.

Seeking their first title since 1908, the Cubs open the World Series at Cleveland on Tuesday night. The Indians haven't won since 1948.

If Cubs get to World Series, injured slugger could make surprise return


If Cubs get to World Series, injured slugger could make surprise return

As if the possibility of clinching their first National League pennant in 71 years didn’t create enough drama and excitement in Wrigleyville, the Cubs have sent Kyle Schwarber to the Arizona Fall League, hoping he can add another chapter to his October legend.
Schwarber earned this chance after beating every expectation in his recovery from major surgery on his left knee in April. The Cubs haven’t ruled anything in or out – and still need to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers one more time this weekend – but they want to see how he responds on Saturday with the Mesa Solar Sox and ultimately decide if he would be a viable designated-hitter option for the World Series.
Schwarber gained clearance on Monday from Dr. Daniel Cooper, the head team physician for the Dallas Cowboys who reconstructed his ACL and repaired his LCL after a devastating outfield collision during the first week of the regular season. Schwarber immediately phoned president of baseball operations Theo Epstein after the six-month checkup.   
“I wasn’t expecting the call,” Epstein said. “We got news that was beyond better than we could have expected by any reasonable standard. 
“He asked for a chance to do this. And with as hard as Kyle has worked and as much as this means to him – and potentially to us – we wanted to give him that opportunity.”