Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Tuesday that Brian Wilson (oblique) will begin the season on the disabled list.
Pretty much what we were expecting. The good news is that the Giants can backdate the DL-stint so that he will be eligible to return for the second game of the series against the Padres next week. Sergio Romo will likely handle save chances during his brief absence, though Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez could also be in the mix.
Source: Jaymee Sire on Twitter Mar 29, 8:19 PM
Brad Lidge (shoulder) said Tuesday that he hopes to be back for the second half of the season.
Ouch. Lidge actually has a partially torn rotator cuff. He's expected to be shut down completely for 3-6 weeks, but is unlikely to begin throwing for about two months. "Best case is between 3-6 weeks to not throw at all," explained Lidge. "Then you’ve got to build up just as much on the other side, however long it takes. I’m thinking in my mind I’ve got to be back for the second half and have a real good second half, make sure I’m stronger than before. Not just where I was, but stronger. It’s a partial tear of the rotator cuff. If it was in the labrum, that’s game over, out for the season. The rotator cuff doesn’t have to be … It’s still a crappy feeling." Lidge could be back in early-June and that's if everything breaks right. Jose Contreras is expected to fill-in while he's gone.
Source: Wilmington News Journal Mar 29, 6:24 PM
Andrew Bailey (forearm) made 30 throws from a distance of approximately 80 feet on Tuesday.
Athletics manager Bob Geren said that Bailey felt "great" following the outing. The A's closer is making good progress from a strained right forearm, but he is expected to miss at least the first couple weeks of the season as he gradually increases his workload. Brian Fuentes is the one you want to own in this bullpen right now. Mar 29, 7:01 PM
Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter
Early season cheap saves? Anybody else to add to the list?