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Brian Wilson tweaks his ankle, gets out of jam in the ninth

Apr 12, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT

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Brian Wilson escaped with a save Thursday after allowing a run in the Giants’ 4-2 win over the Rockies. Unfortunately, he tweaked his ankle in the process and is expected to miss at least one game.

Wilson probably wasn’t going to be available Friday regardless, considering that he threw 32 pitches while giving up a run on three hits and a walk today. He’s allowed a run in both of his appearances thus far.

Wilson should be a lesser concern than Tim Lincecum for the Giants right now, but he’s still not showing quite as much velocity as he possessed before running into elbow problems last year. He threw mostly sliders in his first appearance, and when he went to the fastball today, it got hit.

Fortunately, the Giants are in great position to cover a down year from Wilson if that’s how it works out. Sergio Romo is as tough on righties as any reliever in the game, and Santiago Casilla, Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez make for an excellent supporting cast. The Giants also have a very good relief prospect in Heath Hembree who could be a factor come June or July.

  1. mojosmagic - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Slipped on his shoe police.

  2. xmatt0926x - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Someone please tell Wilson that the world series 15 minutes of fame is up and he can shave that rediculous beard. Nobody buy’s the “wacky and zany” stuff when the team stinks.

    • dan1111 - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:43 AM

      I can just imagine you in a “Clockwork Orange”-like scene, with Wilson propping your eyelids open and forcing you to stare at his beard for hours on end. If this is your situation, I sympathize with your comment.

      Otherwise, it might not be his problem.

  3. muir6 - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    So true it’s boring and kinda lame

  4. Gamera the Brave - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    I think the Giants’ pitching staff will start rounding into shape over the next week or two. Way too early to panic. Also, I got this line from msnbc’s Giants’ stats:
    Run Support: 6.37 (1)
    If they can keep hitting, even their middle of the pack level, the Giants will be fine.

    • ajcardsfan - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      If nothing else, Wilson can still be there closer for their Taco Bell meals

  5. cup0pizza - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:46 AM

    Brian Wilson isn’t very good.

    • Gamera the Brave - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      Insightful as always, 0pizza!

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