Giants Closer May Miss Opening Day
San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson, center, celebrates with teammates including Travis Ishikawa (10) after a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of baseball's National League Division Series on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Sunday, Mar 20, 2011 Updated at 7:15 AM PDT
News out of Glendale, Ariz., isn't good for the title-defending San Francisco Giants, or the big league saves leader.
A strained ribcage muscle may keep Brian Wilson off the mound and in the dugout for Opening Day and beyond, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Wilson will be reevaluated on Monday.
If he's out for anything close to an extended period, lefties Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez or righty Sergio Romo could fill in.
CSN's Mychael Urban reports that Wilson hurt his cage during an outing on Thursday, and that he's been shut down until reevaluation.
Monday is 10 days out from opening day against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As Urban puts it: "...the thought of Wilson actually missing a month or more should be enough to send shivers down spines from Scottsdale to China Basin."