DENVER -- Giants closer Brian Wilson threw about 30 pitches to live hitters at Coors Field on Thursday, as he continues to rehab from inflammation in his right elbow.

It was the second time throwing to hitters in three days for Wilson, who is hoping to make another appearance with the Giants this season. Thursday's series opener against the Rockies marked the 28th game Wilson has missed with the injury.

"Each time out he gets better and better," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Bochy said he will sit down with Wilson and the Giants training staff on Friday to map out the next step for the closer.

The Giants skipper said it's possible that next move could be activation for Wilson, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 15.

Bochy grateful for Neukom's support

DENVER -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team was on a plane bound for Colorado when the news broke that managing general partner and chief executive officer Bill Neukom would be retiring, effective Dec. 31.

With time to digest the news, Bochy's reaction was one of gratitude.

"Certainly, I thank him," Bochy said of Neukom. "I'm very grateful for his support, which he's always provided. Myself, the staff, players, we had a very good relationship [with Neukom]. And I know how much he cared about the players."

Larry Baer, currently the club's president and chief operating officer, will replace Neukom on Jan. 1 as the Giants' top executive.

"I talked to Bill and Larry today to get caught up on everything," Bochy said. "I know what's important is that we continue to go out there and go as hard as we can to try to finish up on a good note and keep moving forward. This organization has gotten on a winning track the last three years, and that's where we plan on staying."

Bochy and Neukom could often be seen chatting during batting practice, and the San Francisco manager said those conversations were most often centered on baseball.

"Bill was deeply interested in the club and the players and the game itself," Bochy said. "He loved being out there, being around batting practice. He knew everything that was going on, what was new with the club. He's always had a real passion for the Giants. He was down there on the field wanting to know what was going on."

Bochy said he has a strong relationship with Baer, adding that he hasn't spent any time thinking about what the change in upper-level management means to his future with the club.

"I haven't thought about, certainly don't feel [less stability]," Bochy said. "I have a job to do here, and that's what happens on the baseball field. We'll continue to do that. We'll continue to move forward and have conversations as normal, on a daily basis."

Sanchez impressing Giants behind the plate

DENVER -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he was impressed with the job Hector Sanchez did catching Tim Lincecum during San Francisco's 3-1 win over the Padres on Wednesday, and he wants to continue to find starts for the young backstop.

"He did a real nice job yesterday with Timmy," Bochy said.

Sanchez entered Thursday hitting just .154 (2-for-13) with a double and an RBI during his brief stint with the Giants this season, but Bochy has been impressed with the way the 21-year-old has held his own behind the plate.

"I like the way he sticks with the ball, gives the pitcher a good target, and he's blocking [well]," Bochy said. "He's done good."