04/18/12 9:49 PM ET
Hensley quickly a key part of Giants' bullpen
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Wilson set for Tommy John surgery Thursday
SAN FRANCISCO -- As anticipated, Giants closer Brian Wilson will undergo reconstructive surgery, commonly known as Tommy John surgery, to repair his right (throwing) elbow Thursday.Famed orthopedist James Andrews will perform the procedure on Wilson, 30, at his Pensacola, Fla., clinic. Giants team orthopedist Ken Akizuki will be on hand to assist. Andrews also handled Wilson's first Tommy John surgery in 2003. Wilson resumed pitching in 2004, made his Major League debut two years later and proceeded to make three National League All-Star teams. Asked whether Wilson could resume pitching after about a year, which would be an accelerated recovery, Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner remained noncommittal.
"I guess anything's possible, but we'll see after the surgery," Groeschner said.Wilson pitched erratically but recorded a save last Thursday at Colorado. One day later, he informed the Giants' medical staff of his physical discomfort. The Giants then made Wilson's injury public Saturday while declaring him out for the season. Right-hander Santiago Casilla has inherited the closer's role in Wilson's absence. Casilla pitched a shutout ninth to save San Francisco's 4-2 triumph Tuesday over Philadelphia. Manager Bruce Bochy said that he expected Wilson to rejoin the team during its 10-day, nine-game homestand that starts April 27.
Giants still envision first-base time for Posey
SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey hasn't yet played an inning at first base, but he'll spend some time there by the end of the season, manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday.Posey has started 32 regular-season games at first base, mostly in the middle of the 2010 season before Bengie Molina was traded to Texas. Playing Posey at first would conceivably give the Giants another right-handed bat in the lineup when they face tough left-handers. Under this circumstance, Brett Pill likely would play left field, adding to San Francisco's right-handed-batting complement. Philadelphia's Cliff Lee, Wednesday's starter, is as tough a left-hander as they come. But Bochy sought a balance between offense and defense, so he started Pill at first base, kept Posey behind the plate and left the outfield of Melky Cabrera, Angel Pagan and Nate Schierholtz intact. "Putting Buster on first base adds an option," Bochy said. "But I did not want to do that tonight."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.