SAN FRANCISCO -- Eric Surkamp will observe the one-year anniversary of his Tommy John elbow surgery a day early.
As expected, Surkamp was summoned from Triple-A Fresno to start against the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader. Under Major League Baseball rules, the Giants don't have to drop a player from the 25-man roster in this instance.
Surkamp, 26, has progressed smoothly and steadily since famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews repaired his elbow last July 24. Surkamp began an injury rehabilitation assignment with Class A San Jose this year in early June and posted a 2.93 ERA in five appearances before ascending to Triple-A Fresno. There, Surkamp was 2-0 with a 4.79 ERA. His last two outings were rocky, demonstrated by his six walks in five innings July 11 at Sacramento and his six runs and 10 hits allowed in 4 2/3 innings last Thursday against Tacoma.
"Coming off surgery, you're going to have your ups and downs," Surkamp said Monday. "My arm is back to 100 percent, but repeating [the delivery] is still part of the process."
Surkamp started six games for the Giants toward the end of the 2011 season, posting a 2-2 record with a 5.74 ERA. The left-hander's elbow problems developed the following spring.
"I'm super-excited to be up here," he said. "It's been a long year. ... You can't really say it's just another game."
In fact, Surkamp's parents, John and Maureen, and his sister, Allison, are planning on attending his outing at AT&T Park.
A Cincinnati native, Surkamp coincidentally will be facing his hometown team. He rooted for the Reds and especially Ken Griffey Jr. "because he went to my high school [Moeller]." But Surkamp never patterned himself after any particular Reds pitcher, preferring to study Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte.
Wilson works out in front of Righetti
SAN FRANCISCO -- Hoping to latch on soon with a Major League ballclub, former Giants closer Brian Wilson threw Monday at the University of San Francisco before his ex-pitching coach, Dave Righetti, according to multiple reports.
Not only was Righetti present, but Giants bullpen catcher Bill Hayes also was said to have caught the bearded right-hander.
Wilson, a free agent who underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in April 2012, has been said for weeks to be progressing toward a throwing session for multiple teams, perhaps as soon as this week.
Giants vice president and assistant general manager Bobby Evans confirmed that San Francisco remains interested in Wilson, a three-time All-Star who ranks third in franchise history with 171 saves.
"We've maintained contact and asked to be included in the process if he decides to sign," Evans said, noting that the Giants are responsible for Wilson's rehabilitation until he signs with a different organization.
Bochy shares thoughts on Braun's suspension
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who lost two players to performance enhancing drug-related suspensions last year, regarded the penalty issued Monday to Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun as a positive development.
Braun, the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player who finished second to Giants catcher Buster Posey in last year's balloting for the award, was suspended for the rest of the season for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
"I support MLB. We all do," Bochy said. "I think they're doing a great job of cleaning up baseball."
Last year, right-hander Guillermo Mota and left fielder Melky Cabrera received suspensions of 100 and 50 games, respectively, while performing for the Giants.
Such penalties, Bochy said are "important for the integrity of the game, for the kids who are coming up to play baseball. It's an important message to them and the fans. And for the players who do it right."
Asked if the Braun news surprised him, Bochy said, "There's always a little surprise. You'd like to think that with these guys getting tested, we'd stop seeing this. With that said, we've seen enough that have been caught, so I'm not surprised, either."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.