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Wilson slowed a bit by arm soreness

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Wilson slowed a bit by arm soreness

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants adjusted the pitching schedule for Brian Wilson due to some mild soreness in his right arm, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Wilson hasn't pitched since Saturday, his third appearance in a Cactus League game, when he threw 30 pitches in an inning prolonged by third baseman Pablo Sandoval's error. The three-time All-Star closer is on the schedule to face hitters in a minor league game Thursday.

Wilson looked fine as he played catch Wednesday and Bochy said he could've used his closer if it were a regular-season game. The club is operating with an abundance of caution because Wilson's inflamed right elbow limited him to two appearances after Aug. 15 last season.

Bochy described Wilson's soreness as typical spring training stuff. He still has time to check off the remaining boxes, including appearances on consecutive days. Overall, Wilson and the Giants are happy with how the spring has gone. He's hitting 96 mph and his cutter and slider are taking shape.

In other injury news -- Bochy is giving right fielder Nate Schierholtz another day to rest his strained right forearm. Schierholtz is expected to start Thursday; Emmanuel Burriss will play right field Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear.

A number of players are staying back to get at-bats in minor league camp. Among them are Ryan Theriot and Angel Pagan, who haven't found their stroke yet this spring. Freddy Sanchez, who still isn't ready to play second base, also will get at-bats on the minor league side. And right-hander Guillermo Mota will get stretched out to two innings against minor leaguers.

Finally, right-hander Sergio Romo appears to be getting past the elbow discomfort that put him on the shelf for a few days as a precaution. Romo is on the schedule to pitch Friday against the Texas Rangers at Scottsdale Stadium.

Here's the lineup traveling to Goodyear:

CF Gregor Blanco
2B Mike Fontenot
3B Pablo Sandoval
DH Buster Posey
1B Brandon Belt
LF Brett Pill
RF Emmanuel Burriss
SS Brandon Crawford
C Chris Stewart
P Eric Surkamp

Dave Righetti is the face of the Giants' rebuild so far

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Dave Righetti is the face of the Giants' rebuild so far

There was something almost disturbingly surreptitious about the Giants’ decision to announce Dave Righetti’s removal as pitching coach (for a front office job) Saturday. Saturday, after all, is the day you typically bury sports news that isn’t football, or related to football in some way.

But that could just be us being needlessly conspiratorial. We’re willing to bestow, if not the benefit of the doubt, at least the lack of doubt.

Still, Righetti’s reassignment, and those of bullpen coach Mark Gardner and assistant hitting coach Steve Decker, makes it clear that however the Giants want to avoid the use of the word “rebuilding,” they are indeed rebuilding – just not in the traditional new-players-for-old way.

General manager Bobby Evans made it clear without saying the words that Righetti’s messaging had lost its efficacy with the younger pitchers, who for the most part had not been part of the franchise’s most glorious times. And since the only pitchers still on the 40-man roster who had been with the club for its last World Series parade are Madison Bumgarner and Hunter Strickland, Evans clearly concluded that the message to the new staff needed to come from elsewhere.

Now this assumes that the problem with the Giants’ pitching was not the talent level or the execution, of course. Typically, it takes a lot for a manager or coach to screw up his job so profoundly that he needs to be replaced – mostly it’s considered an environmental matter that a new voice saying the old stuff is sufficient. It’s really more alchemy than science, and alchemy is fairly hit-or-miss.

But it is change where the Giants feel they can change; their four starters (Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Matt Moore) and closer (Mark Melancon) are in for $70.8 million this coming year, so a full-on demolition is not cost effective, and the young’uns (Chris Stratton, Strickland, Cory Gearrin, Derek Law, et. al.) remain in that tenuous middle ground between dependable and disposable. In other words, there aren’t a lot of options for dramatic player change, and the Giants don’t look to be aggressive buyers in the off-season, crackpot Giancarlo Stanton rumors notwithstanding.

So this is the face of the Giants’ rebuild so far – Dave Righetti, Mark Gardner and Steve Decker. Make of the act and the circumstances of the release of the information what you will, but as it is neither the manager (Bruce Bochy is golden) or the players (who with only a few exceptions are decidedly meh, with a side of feh), it will have to do as the first answer to the question, “What do they intend to do about 64-98?"

I mean other than keeping a low profile about it.

Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

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Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

With free agency set to begin five days after the World Series ends, two hitters that played for the Giants during the 2017 season have put their names on the open market.

Veteran third baseman Conor Gillaspie and longtime minor league outfielder Carlos Moncrief have both elected for free agency, according to Baseball America.

The 30-year-old Gillaspie appeared in 44 games for the Giants this past season. He hit just .168/.218/.288 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He was designated for assignment on August 3 and outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on August 5. With the River Cats, Gillaspie hit .375 with four doubles in 15 games in August.

Prior to the 2017 season, Gillaspie signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Giants.

As for Moncrief, the soon-to-be 29-year-old finally got his first call-up the majors this past season after eight and a half seasons in the minors. He debuted for the Giants on July 29. In 28 games, he hit .211/.256/.237 with one double and five RBI. While he didn't do much with the bat, Moncrief showed off a cannon for an arm when he patrolled right field.