Saturday it was announced that San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson had sustained a major elbow injury and would miss a significant portion of the season. Yesterday Giants fans received the bad news they were preparing for; Wilson is expected to undergo season-ending Tommy John Surgery.
Wilson told reporters, including Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, that “he is almost certainly headed for” Tommy John Surgery. This will sideline Wilson for the remainder of the season and could cause him to start 2013 on the disabled list depending on how his rehab goes.
Wilson also confirmed that he sustained the injury Thursday while attempting to close out a game against the Colorado Rockies. Giants trainers came out to check on Wilson after he delivered a pitch during that contest, but he told them it was his ankle and not elbow that was ailing him. Wilson went on to close out the inning, but he said he knew something was wrong with his arm.
Yesterday Call to the Pen staff writer Joe Soriano took a look at the impact Wilson’s injury will have on the Giants this season. San Francisco has said it will go with a closer-by-committee system in Wilson’s absence. This committee will be made up of three extremely strong late-inning relievers; Sergio Romo, Javier Lopez and Santiago Casilla. The trio has combined to compile 20 career saves.
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