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Giants place closer Brian Wilson on disabled list

Aug 21, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

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John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have placed right-hander Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 16, with inflammation in his throwing elbow.

Wilson has been battling elbow soreness since early last week and did not make enough progress this weekend. He’s eligible to return at the end of August.

The bearded closer has posted a 3.19 ERA and 52/31 K/BB ratio through 53 2/3 innings this season, converting 35-of-40 save opportunities.

San Francisco promoted right-hander Steve Edlefsen from Triple-A Frenso to provide bullpen depth.

  1. philsphan34 - Aug 21, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    They should also consider putting him on the mentally disabled list

    • fearthebeard38 - Aug 21, 2011 at 1:40 PM

      BWeez is better than any of your closers any day of the week and twice on Sunday…he does lead you in Saves, BTW!

      • philsphan34 - Aug 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM

        You are correct but about him being a better closer than anyone on the Phillies’ staff. Not arguing that. I do, however, appreciate the talents of a Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Utley, etc., going about their business in non-shameless self-promotional ways.

        If you’re basing my Brian Wilson hate purely on the NLCS then you’re just being lazy. Yes it was painful to watch last year but Lincecum, Cain and Cody Ross had arguably bigger impacts in that series than Wilson. Where’s the philly hate in regards to those players?

  2. citynative - Aug 21, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Leave it to the Philsphan to get the first post. Ryan Howard must really suck to get struck out looking to end the NLCS by a mentally ill patient, huh?

  3. dreadpiratesteve - Aug 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    I love how all these clowns constantly hate on Brian Wilson. He’s an elite closer. Period. Can’t argue it. If you try then YOU should be placed on the “mentally disabled list”. They hate because he’s one of the only players in baseball who has any personality. Baseball is fraught with superstars, 95% of whom have the personality of a dead mouse, it’s refreshing to have a star in the game who reaches out the casual fan or even those who aren’t fans. I know people who don’t like baseball or don’t watch baseball, but they know who Brian Wilson is. That is good for the sport. All these sad little whiners need to get over themselves.

    • fearthebeard38 - Aug 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

      Brian Wilson has more personality in his pinkie than your entire starting lineup, rotation & bullpen put together. Don’t hate on Weez because he’s quirky…he’s a hell of a closer and leads any of your closers in Saves. Sucks to be haters, doesn’t it?!

      • babyjesus69 - Aug 22, 2011 at 5:05 AM

        Brian WIlson could be an actor if he wanted to. Yes, he’s that quick witted as well as very intelligent. He brings attention to the game in a way that is sorely needed right now. He’s not getting into off field trouble or getting busted for roids. Call him baseballs Dennis Rodman, whatever. He’s a character but he backs it up with his great pitching. Haters will hate. Especially those who got showed up by WIlson in the nlcs last year.

  4. philsphan34 - Aug 21, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Not doubting his ability as an elite closer, which he is. He is, however, an obnoxious, attention grabbing cliche… The gimmicky oddball closer schtick has only been done about a thousand times. Wow, congratulations on your beard, loser! I’m just glad he’s out of sight out of mind, if only for 15 days.

    • fearthebeard38 - Aug 21, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      Yeah, you may be the best in baseball right now…Woo Hoo..Hats & Horns! However Weez is NO cliche..he has a different personality..just like YOU have NO personality. You couldn’t touch his beard with a rented hand,anyhow! Don’t hate on someone just because they have a better arm than YOUR closers!

      • philsphan34 - Aug 21, 2011 at 1:55 PM

        Wow you really love Brian Wilson, don’t you? Hope he’s clean shaven you know where…;)

  5. dreadpiratesteve - Aug 21, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    How is Brian Wilson a cliche? People keep calling him that and I’m fairly certain none of you know what it means. A cliche is something that is trite, overused and commonplace. Brian Wilson is unique. There is no other player like him. In any sport. Nor an I certain how he is obnoxious. I’ll admit that that beard is out of control but Wilson himself is one whose sense of humor is more dry and subtle than anything. He really can’t be called attention grabbing either because all the media outlets seek him out to put him on TV. They do it because he is a breath of fresh air in a sport of otherwise stale and “cliche” superstars.

    • firedude7160 - Aug 21, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      So this isn’t a cry for attention?

  6. philsphan34 - Aug 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM


    Not sure what to say besides that was quite possibly the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. Cliche and attention grabbing? Are you even paying attention? How about a year plus of endless commercials featuring “the beard.” Everything is the beard this and the beard that. Dude, it’s completely overplayed. Or how about the leotard at the ESPYs (which sounds dangerously close to what I was implying in the first post)?

    Brian Wilson is baseball’s equivalent of the Jersey Shore…. Just. Go. Away.

    • fearthebeard38 - Aug 21, 2011 at 1:47 PM

      Funny, you don’t see any Phils in commercials…wonder why that is??

      • philsphan34 - Aug 21, 2011 at 1:53 PM

        yeah they only had five all-stars and the best record in baseball… they must all suck

      • phillyphever - Aug 21, 2011 at 2:17 PM

        Because they’re more focused in winning games than self-promoting.

      • philsphan34 - Aug 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

        FTB, you’re about to placed on the mentally disabled list too

    • dreadpiratesteve - Aug 21, 2011 at 3:16 PM

      What did I say? THE MEDIA LOVES HIM! Of course he takes advantage of that. Why wouldn’t you? Media attention creates buzz around your team and sponsorship opportunities. If you want to be pissed of about Brian Wilson be pissed off at the media for playing him up. It’s not Brian Wilson’s fault he takes advantage of all the notoriety that is heaped on him. Anyone else would do the same in his position.

      • philsphan34 - Aug 21, 2011 at 4:18 PM

        Can’t believe Giants fans are taking this so personally. Yes the media plays into him. Yes he is a talented closer, otherwise, beard or no beard, he’d be completely irrelevant. These posts have nothing to do with Brian Wilson the pitcher, they have to do with Brian Wilson the obnoxious human being.

        The point is, a tool is a tool and I felt the same way about Clinton Portis when was pulling this dumb crap:

        Gimmicks are lame, let your play speak for itself.

  7. dreadpiratesteve - Aug 21, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    So much bitter hate. Philly is so sad their closers position is a revolving door or awfulness. Brad Lidge: pathetic excuse for a baseball player.

    • timasahh - Aug 21, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      I love Wilson and respect him as one of the best closers in the league, but blame the hate on him killing us in the series, not our closers. Brad Lidge hasn’t closed all year, and as a team the Phillies have four blown saves, whereas the Beard himself has 4. Not saying that makes us better or him worse. Obviously 4 is the same number as 4. However, our “revolving door” at closer has ended up looking like this:

      Name – Saves/Opportunities

      Jose Contreras – 5/5
      Antonio Bastardo – 8/8
      Ryan Madson – 23/25

      Then Lidge got a gimme save when Madson was unavailable because his child was being born, and we have two blown saves, one by Baez who isn’t with the team anymore and another by Andrew Carpenter who was a call up while Madson was on the DL. Everyone is healthy now, though. No one in Philly is worried about the bullpen. Stutes and Bastardo have been our in-house answers for the much-needed depth we’ve been seeking for years.

      • firedude7160 - Aug 21, 2011 at 4:37 PM

        Thank you for posting that. I was about to do the same thing, but you saved me the work.

    • firedude7160 - Aug 21, 2011 at 4:52 PM

      As was posted by “timasahh” Lidge has not been the Phillies closer all year (save for one solid outing while Madson’s child was born). And that “revolving door of awfulness” has been anything but awful. So maybe you shouldn’t talk about things you do not understand.
      As for the issues with “The Beard,” it is what is is. When you win the world series, and are one of the best in the game at what you do, you get attention. While I am not a fan of his antics (like that spandex suit he wore to the ESPY’s), I can’t hate the man. His personality is very different, as is expected for a closer, and he likes the attention. I support his right to be himself

      • timasahh - Aug 21, 2011 at 11:16 PM

        His antics used bother me too, but I look at it like this…if he were in Philly I would love everything about him. So now I can’t help but like the guy. He’s more interesting than a lot of the golden boys of baseball, most of whom trot around the bases or mow down batters without so much as a smile. It’s nice to see some personality.

  8. kyleortonsarm - Aug 22, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    San Francisco places overrated idiot loser Brian Wilson on 15-day retard list, but should be back to choke in big games and crap himself by the end of August.

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