Wilson throws, return date remains unknown

Wilson throws, return date remains unknown

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brian Wilson played catch for six or seven minutes Thursday afternoon, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, but it's still unlikely that the All-Star closer will be ready to return from the 15-day disabled list when he is eligible on Wednesday.

Wilson, nursing an inflamed right elbow, had not thrown since going on the DL Sunday, and he will be evaluated by trainers Friday before deciding the next step in his recovery. As he has since going on the DL, Wilson declined to comment on his recovery.

"We haven't ruled it out, but that's going to be tough for him to be ready to go when his time is up," Bochy said. "We'll see where he's at tomorrow and then make a call."

The news was far better regarding setup man Sergio Romo, however. After throwing off the mound Wednesday, Romo felt good and will throw an inning in an extended spring training game Friday. The earliest Romo will be activated is Sunday.

In the meantime, Bochy will continue to close by committee, but Santiago Casilla made a strong statement that he is capable of doing so Wednesday night. The right-hander tossed a perfect ninth with two strikeouts against the Padres, earning his first save of the season.

Bochy also likes lefties Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez, along with right-handers Ramon Ramirez and Guillermo Mota in those late-inning situations, but there is a "good chance" Casilla will be on the mound in a save situation Thursday night.

"In that seventh-eighth inning, if I think he's the guy that needs to help us and get him out of a jam, then I'll use him there," Bochy said. "But it was pretty impressive what he did last night, coming in and locating the way he did and having the stuff that he did. That's encouraging to see."