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Brian Wilson has mild oblique strain, Opening Day in doubt

Mar 19, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

Brian Wilson

Here’s some bad news for the defending World Series champions.

According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Brian Wilson underwent an MRI this morning which revealed a “mild” strain of his left oblique muscle. Wilson told the training staff that he suffered the injury during his most recent outing on Thursday night.

While Giants manager Bruce Bochy wouldn’t definitively say that the bearded one is in doubt for Opening Day, he acknowledged that there’s some concern due to the nature of the injury.

“There’s concern, sure,” Bochy said. “Sometimes these things take longer than others. On Monday we’ll have a better idea, and then I can tell you how much concern, but sure there’s concern when it’s an oblique.

“We still have some time here. He was at a pretty good place before he injured it, how he was throwing. It’s a setback. Hopefully Monday we’ll find it it’s not too long of a setback. I know how tough and strong he is. He isn’t overly concerned.

Remember, Wilson was sidelined for the first week or so of exhibition action due to a back injury, so while relievers don’t need many appearances to get ready for the season, he needs to get some work.

Bochy told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that it’s “premature” to name a replacement for Wilson, but you’d have to figure that Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla, Jeremy Affeldt and possibly Javier Lopez would be in the mix.

  1. wickedworld123 - Mar 19, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    my god that beard is out of control.

    this guy’s entertaining and he’s from my home town…i’d root for him if i wasn’t a complete and utter douche in real life (according to everyone i know who’s met him, anyway…)

    • trevorb06 - Mar 19, 2011 at 5:51 PM

      So… you’re a complete and utter douche?

      • wickedworld123 - Mar 19, 2011 at 6:49 PM

        im not glad hes injured or anything. i just dont root for human beings i dont like, i guess.

        “you will all be pumping my gas one day.” b-weez’s senior quote in the yearbook. lol

      • loungefly74 - Mar 19, 2011 at 10:13 PM

        hilarious! hehe…

        yeah…wilson may need to rub some tiger blood on himself to get better. knowing him, it’s not that far-fetched!

    • bigxrob - Mar 19, 2011 at 6:14 PM

      Freudian Slip?

      • wickedworld123 - Mar 19, 2011 at 7:03 PM

        im not gonna sit here and act like im not pathologically jealous of anyone in the big leagues. just saying, not sure i like the guy. pretty innocuous comment, really

      • loungefly74 - Mar 19, 2011 at 10:15 PM

        wickedworld123 said “i’d root for him if i wasn’t a complete and utter douche in real life …”

        yeah…you called yourself a douche but i think we know what you meant but that was funny man! hahaha!

    • wickedworld123 - Mar 19, 2011 at 11:27 PM

      Wow. I just noticed my typo. *facepalm*

  2. cur68 - Mar 19, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    wickedworld123; I think everybody’s happy to call the Wizzer a douche (except maybe seeinwhatsticks; he loves those guys). Here’s a tip for posting on this blog; “i” b4 “me” except when U mean “he”. Peace.

    • wickedworld123 - Mar 19, 2011 at 11:28 PM

      yeah, that first comment is a lot less offensive now…

  3. Utley's Hair - Mar 20, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Wow…almost eight full hours since this was posted, and we have not heard a single word from seeingwhatsticks…somewhat odd, dontcha think? Of course, my guess would be that he’ll say something now—and based on his history, it’ll be some sort of reference to how bad he thinks the Phightins are compared to the Dwarves. What do you think, Fiorentino?

    • seeingwhatsticks - Mar 20, 2011 at 2:08 AM

      What is there to say really? Guy strained a muscle in his side. He might miss the the first week or two of the season but it’s not the end of the world. As long as the team babies it a little and plays it safe he should be fine for 95% of the season, and given the depth in the bullpen I can deal with that. Kroon has a ton of experience closing games in Japan and if Wilson opens the year on the DL maybe that gives Kroon a chance to make the team and have an impact.

      If the muscle strain is still bothersome in a month, then I’ll be worried.

      • loungefly74 - Mar 20, 2011 at 2:10 PM

        in the grand scheme of things…the Giants are the reigning world champs until they are dethroned. speculate all you want philly fans on how the season plays out. i’m still flexing on how the Giants gave a beatdown to the phillies which is not speculation. i just wanted to throw that out there and rub it in the philly fans face. mmmwwhhhaaaaa… and i only do ths beause i know it bugs the sh*t out of philly fans…hehehe. normally, i’m cool about these things but i think philly fans need an ego check now and then.

        agree sticks…BW will be fine. The Giants will be fine…I’m not gonna get my panties in a bunch over something that we won’t know about till after August…

        hey…did i mention the S.F. Giants are the world champs? HA! yeeessss!!!!!

    • Chris Fiorentino - Mar 20, 2011 at 8:23 AM

      Well I normally don’t read the blog unless I am getting paid. However I happened onto it this morning to kill some time and I’m not really surprised the guy is having issues. Remember how much cole struggled after the phillies won it all in 2008. It’s human nature. That’s why only extremely talented teams can repeat success for more than one or two years for the most part. Contrary to what sticks will have people believe, the Giants are going to struggle this year. Whether they win depends on them getting to the dance. Of they get there, they can repeat. But I haves feeling the season will not go well for them. Not because of anything more than being “fat and happy”. The Phillies are hungry. The giants are happy. Could spell trouble during the hot summer months.

      • seeingwhatsticks - Mar 20, 2011 at 2:28 PM

        Still can’t admit that the Giants might actually be the better team between the two I guess. The Giants aren’t an extremely talented team they just beat an extremely talented team. That makes perfect sense.

  4. adenzeno - Mar 20, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    What about the magic?

  5. yahmule - Mar 20, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    And so it begins. Beware players who become more enchanted with being characters or celebrities than they are with being baseball players.

  6. marinersnate - Mar 21, 2011 at 2:18 AM

    “Beware players who become more enchanted with being characters or celebrities than they are with being baseball players.”

    Is that you Ryan Howard?

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