Found February 23, 2012 on 22gigantes:
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Brian WilsonToday didn’t start out exactly on the right note when one particular Giants player’s name was not displayed on the list of pitchers scheduled to throw.

No, I’m not talking about Tim Lincecum (stiff back), Ryan Vogelsong (strained back), or Dan Runzler (left lat).

Instead, it was closer Brian Wilson whose name was ominously left off the schedule today, according to Comcast SportsNet’s Andrew Baggarly.

Wilson, who battled back problems last spring, and elbow and hip problems for most of 2011, greeted Baggarly with rugged silence when the Giants insider approached him this morning.

So Baggs did what any good reporter would do. He headed over to manager Bruce Bochy’s office to find out what was up with B-Weez.

“He’s fine and will throw today,” Bochy told Baggs. Just a mix-up with the people who type up the itineraries, evidently.

Wilson ended up tossing a 27-pitch session, “airing it out” on occasion, according to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle added, “I thought he looked good not only arm-wise, but he was hitting his location targets.”

Bullet dodged.

In other spring training news today…

Speaking of Lincecum and Runzler, both threw their scheduled bullpen sessions today. According to Pavlovic, Lincecum didn’t show any signs of the strained back that kept him out of action on Tuesday. And Runzler also threw pain-free.

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The Melk Man cometh! New Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera arrived in camp as scheduled today to take his physical. He and the rest of his new teammates will conduct their first full workout with all players tomorrow, now that everybody’s here and accounted for.

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Madison Bumgarner has not—I repeat—has NOT changed uniform numbers, like I had originally thought. Fans might remember that MadBum showed up on the Giants’ first townhall webcast on Feb. 3 sporting a No. 23 jersey. He wore it again the next day at FanFest, prompting many people (including me) to think he had switched numbers. But, according to his wife Ali, he wore that number because they brought him the wrong-sized No. 40 jersey. So there you go. He’s still No. 40.

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Should the day come that the Giants need to replace Wilson, they need not look any further than their own farm system. In a scene that might have been a bit of foreshadowing, right-hander Heath Hembree stood next to Wilson the other day as the two  fired fastballs into their bullpen catchers. While B-Weez was only throwing at about 80 percent, Hembree was going all out, touching the high 90s with his blazing fastball. Even though Wilson is “just getting better” each time he throws, it’s just a matter of time before the 23-year-old takes Wilson’s job. “It’s a power arm that few guys have,” Bochy told Pavlovic today, adding that it’s “probably too early for Hembree to be in the bullpen mix.”

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I love Hembree, but another young prospect that I have written a lot of good things about before is Seth Rosin. Pavlovic published a really nice piece on him today <a title="Extra Baggs: "Prospect Watch: Rosin adjusts to new role, new pitch and new view of the sky"" href="http://blogs.mercurynews.com/extrabaggs/2012/02/23/prospect-watch-rosin-adjusts-to-new-role-new-pitch-and-new-view-of-the-sky/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank">here. The article includes a <a title="YouTube: "Seth Rosin - SportsCenter Top 10"" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNr3wxBeo7I" target="_blank">YouTube link of the 6-foot-6, 245-pound pitcher making an incredible diving play at first base to get a runner out in a University of Minnesota game. The Giants really do have a lot of good young arms in their system, for those of you who are still bitter about the whole Zack Wheeler thing.

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I stopped going to Supercuts years ago (after they jacked up my ‘do for the umpteenth time). Looks like Giants infielder Brett Pill is learning that same lesson—the hard way. Pill had this to tweet earlier today:

Never fails that a trip to supercuts = $20 down the drain and me going home and shaving it anyway. At least I wear a hat everyday!

— Brett Pill (@PillzRgood) February 23, 2012

You live and you learn, Brett.

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This is the time of year when everyone’s an expert (or at least thinks they are). I’m going to put former Mets/Blue Jays pitcher Al Leiter in the former group, since <a title="Big League Stew: "<a target=" href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/eric-byrnes-picks-nationals-world-series-180411034.html" target="_blank">dude went out on a limb on national TV and picked the Giants to win the World Series. (Local boy, Eric “Crash Test Dummy” Byrnes, meanwhile went with the Washington Nationals, putting himself in the latter group.)

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If you’re down in Arizona catching spring fever, don’t just settle for Scottsdale Stadium. There are a couple of other real gems down there, like Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (home of the Rockies and D-backs) and Hohokam Park (home of the Cubs) in Mesa. For that matter, you should also check out the Giants’ minor league spring training camp sites too, like the Giants Baseball Complex in Scottsdale (8045 E. Camelback Road). All games there begin at 1:00 p.m.




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