(SAN FRANCISCO) — If the San Francisco Giants are hoping to get back to the playoffs this season, they will have to do it without one of their most reliable players. Closer Brian Wilson is facing season ending surgery on his right elbow after an MRI revelaed structural damage and an issue with the ligament.
Wilson confirmed to reporters that he would miss the seson, and that Tommy John Surgery is a distinct possibility based on the damage in his elbow. He had Tommy John Surgery during his college days, and it looks like he may need it again. The recovery time for the procedure can be anywhere from 12-18 months, so his return to the field is unknown at this time.
“There’s definitley some issues there,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “Initially, I was just being optimistic he would be fine, but after the test done yesterday, it doesn’t look very good right now. … Likely he’s looking at surgery.”
Wilson is one of the game’s premier closers. Last season he went 6-4 with a 3.11 ERA while saving 36 games in 57 appearnaces for the Giants. He has averaged over 39 saves over the past four seasons, including a Major League leading 48 in 2010.
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