SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 23: Brian Wilson #38 of the San Francisco Giants poses for a portrait during media photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 23, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Brian Wilson's injury has been the cause for some consternation among the Giants' faithful, a feeling that was exacerbated by the fact that Wilson suffered a setback during a throwing session last Thursday.
So here's some good news: he's making progress, and threw off a mound on Sunday, leading to some positive words from manager Bruce Bochy.
"He played catch today and he felt fine," Bochy said, via Barry Bloom of MLB.com. "He'll probably play a little more catch tomorrow and it'll be Tuesday as far as getting up on the mound. We'll evaluate it after that."
Of course, that doesn't mean he'll be definitely be ready to go for the start of the season.
In the middle of last week it appeared as if Wilson was probably 50/50 -- at best -- to pitch Thursday. Now Wilson's probably closer to 60/40, but Bochy still wouldn't commit to Wilson's status either way.
"That hasn't been determined yet," Bochy said. "We'll talk about it after he takes his bullpen and we see where he's at. The good news is he felt great throwing today. If he makes the type of progress he needs to make, once he takes his bullpen we'll have a better idea of what we're going to do."
That's all really Bochy can say until the season begins, though. There's always a chance that between now and Thursday Wilson suffers another setback, and then he's all but a lock to head to the DL to start the season.
But after the somewhat startling Sunday news that Wilson's feeling better, maybe there's a much smaller chance we need to worry about who would take over the role of closer to begin the season.