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Brian Wilson throws for first time since Tommy John surgery

Oct 20, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

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Brian Wilson isn’t an option to pitch for the Giants this postseason, but he threw yesterday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in April.

Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Wilson made 30 tosses from 45 feet at Busch Stadium and said he’s “right where I need to be.”

Wilson plans to toss every three days next month before ramping up his throwing program. Barring any setbacks, he expects to be ready for Opening Day next season, though it’s possible the Giants will ease him back into the closer role.

Wilson earned $8.5 million this season and is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter, but Baggarly writes that the expectation is the two sides will work out a one-year deal.

  1. mackypinky - Oct 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    The Beard is Back!

    • suicidesqueeze91361 - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      Does anyone know if Brian has ever succumbed to an AIDS test?

      I’m just saying……….

  2. Old Gator - Oct 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Synchronicity: I was discussing Herman Melville (and little tiny hot dogs) with some tourists from Pittsfield last night up at the world famous Luna Star Cafe (“Serving Neanderthals since 1996″) in North Macondo, on a weird evening listening to the song deconstructions of the great Panama Red and enjoying the ministrations of our barista, the lissome Brie.

    And son of a gun – there’s Herman himself in the photo! Jung was right.

    • Old Gator - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      Oh – and did I neglect to mention that I regularly checked the “gameview” of the JInts-Cards game on my stupidphone? And that one of my bar companions was none other than the eminent baseball historian ( http://www.amazon.com/Diamonds-Rough-Untold-History-Baseball/dp/0809232340/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350745811&sr=1-1&keywords=diamonds+in+the+rough+zoss) and bluesman Joel Zoss?

      I did?

      Perhaps that would have mollified the usual gang of idiots who thumbs down anyone who dares to suggest that Brian Wilson resembles Herman Melville. Well, he does and it’s too Budhadamned bad about you all. Lookee here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Melville

      • gloccamorra - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

        The God is spelled Buddha – two ‘d’s. Budha is the Sanskrit name for the planet Mercury.

      • mrwillie - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        As a casual observed I am going to go out a limb and suggest that, perhaps, the thumbs down have more to do with un-baseball related details, as opposed to the Wilson comparisons.

        Just for the record though, I am big fan of Panama Red- although I do prefer Peter Rowan’s version to NRPS

      • Old Gator - Oct 20, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        Typo – I had six years of college and grad school Sanskrit, including a summer semester abroad at Dharmaram College in Bangalore, so I kinda know that. Oh yeah – and Buddha is not a god. Know your theology and your spelling will actually matter. And I believe Glocamorra

      • Old Gator - Oct 20, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        Typo – I had six years of college and grad school Sanskrit, including a summer semester abroad at Dharmaram College in Bangalore, part of which involved translating passages of the Lankavatarasutra directly relevant to the Ramayana for comparative purposes, so I kinda know that. Oh yeah – and Buddha is not a god. Know your theology and your spelling will actually matter someday. And while we’re picking apocryphal nits, I believe Glocca Morra should be two words, both capitalized, and would be if the place ever existed.

      • Old Gator - Oct 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        mrwillie – I kinda prefer the elaboration of the Rowan version on Old and in the Way meself. But this particular Panama Red is a well-weathered blues/folk singer-songwriter-guitarist extraordinaire who happened to be performing last night: http://www.panamaredmusic.com/ And speaking of Rowan et al, he managed to ingest one glass of wine too many, totally screwed up “Friend of the Devil,” and gazed ceilingward from his char onstage and muttered forlornly, “sorry Jerry, I give it my best but the gods of music jest weren’t cooperatin’ tonight.”

        And for those blinkered twits you mentioned who want nothing but pure baseball content here, why, here’s yet another image of Herman Melville, still looking like Brian Wilson but with a much longer URL that takes up even more space with non-baseball related information to rub into their delicate sensibilities: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://cdn.americanliterature.com/Images/misc/herman-melville_b.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.americanliterature.com/Melville/MobyDickorTheWhale/12.html&h=250&w=232&sz=14&tbnid=ndT3n1IyOAUBfM:&tbnh=93&tbnw=86&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dimages%2Bof%2Bherman%2Bmelville%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=images+of+herman+melville&usg=__swithlgYgglaZVoGQrzU_ztYI8M=&docid=_a3GaxATdbhfbM&sa=X&ei=VOqCUMeTAoHm2AWl8IDQCg&ved=0CGYQ9QEwEA&dur=1076

      • natstowngreg - Oct 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        Since there seems to be another of the blog’s spelling obsessions going on,

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Are_Things_in_Glocca_Morra%3F

        Sorry, couldn’t resist. :)

      • historiophiliac - Oct 20, 2012 at 7:41 PM

        How am I not supposed to say anything about Wilson Melville and raging here?

    • natstowngreg - Oct 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      You mean The Police were right, don’t you?
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronicity_(The_Police_album)

  3. lyon810 - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Is anybody still interested in this guy and his whole “schtick”? We get it, you have a beard and you’re a self-proclaimed badass. He’s become a cartoon of himself.

    • mrwillie - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      After watching “The Fanchise” last year, I am not convinced that it is a shtick. I would tend to believe that it is just him being himself, weird as it may be at times.

      • gloccamorra - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:32 AM

        Agree. Baseball tends to attract weird personalities, and the weirdest seem to be the ones cooped up in the bullpen with too much time on their hands.

      • natstowngreg - Oct 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        Yup, and it has the bonus of getting him some extra cash doing commercials.

      • Old Gator - Oct 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        This “shtick” of his works pretty good when he steps on a mound though, don’t it?

  4. ike73 - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    lose the beard, dude

  5. adenzeno - Oct 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Now Pitching for The House of David…1920

    • natstowngreg - Oct 20, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      In one episode of Ken Burns’ “Baseball,” there is a brief mention of the House of David and its baseball team. And how the team sometimes featured Major League ringers. With a clip of Babe Ruth wearing a fake beard. Priceless.

  6. isujames - Oct 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Jimbo Slice.

  7. illadelphiasphinest - Oct 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Shave the beard. You look like an idiot.

    • Old Gator - Oct 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      I feel the same way about Moses.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 20, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      That is an absolutely brilliant argument why someone should live his life to make you happy.

  8. ducksk - Oct 20, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Clown.

    • Old Gator - Oct 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Terrific relief pitcher. As long as it doesn’t interfere with his delivery, who cares how long it is?

    • rmosss - Oct 20, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      Super Clown!!!

  9. rmosss - Oct 20, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    All he needs to do now is grow some dreed locks and he’s look like a complete idiot! smh……what an a hole!

    • historiophiliac - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      News flash: he is more interesting than you.

      (“dreed locks” smh)

      • Old Gator - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

        “he’s look” like a complete idiot – and maybe someday he’ll construct syntax like one too, eh?

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