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Brian Wilson likely unavailable all weekend with sore elbow

Aug 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson was unavailable yesterday for the second straight game because of elbow inflammation and Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the Giants’ closer is unlikely to pitch again before Monday.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that Wilson has avoided the disabled list so far and Dr. James Andrews advised against surgery after finding no structural damage during an exam Wednesday.

Giants trainer Dave Groeschner noted that Wilson “has a remarkable ability to recover” and described his elbow problems as “the typical pitching stuff that you see all the time.”

Wilson has been plenty effective this season, but his performance has dropped off considerably compared to last year. Not only has his ERA risen from 1.81 to 3.19, his strikeouts are down 22 percent, his walks are up 65 percent, and his average fastball velocity is 1.5 miles per hour slower.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 19, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    How long do you think he’d be out of action if he had nits?

  2. trigzter - Aug 19, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    his chin is probably sore. it’s carrying a lot of weight

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    The vibrations are not very good for this Brian Wilson.

    • cur68 - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:10 AM

      All them Brian Wilsons be crazy.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM

        Don’t you be tawkin’ smack ’bout no Beach Boys, Bieberboy.

  4. kellyb9 - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Brian Wilson is not available, but his beard will be throwing a few bullpen sessions.

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