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Brian Wilson says elbow bothered him throughout 2011

Feb 20, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson made the All-Star team for a third time last season and didn’t go on the disabled list until mid-August, but he admitted Monday that his elbow was problem for most of the year.

Asked why his strikeouts were down and his walks were up in 2011, Wilson replied, “Probably pitching with a hurt elbow the whole year, and a bad hip. You could blame a ton of things. But I’m the one throwing the ball.”

According to CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly, Wilson threw a bullpen session at 75 percent today and was pleased with the results.

“I feel like I’m right on schedule,” Wilson said. “It’s a check on the checklist. It’s a standard bullpen. I don’t look too deep into it. But as far as pain, I was pain-free. No ailments, no tweaks, no inflammation.”

Boasting one of the game’s most expensive setup crews, the Giants can cover a Wilson injury pretty well between right-handers Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla and lefties Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez. Still, they’re at their best when Wilson is shutting opponents down in the ninth. Despite making just two appearances during the final six weeks of the season, Wilson ended 2011 with 36 saves in 41 opportunities. He was 48-for-53 in 2010.

  1. atlien698 - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    #fact

  2. losangelasbasketball - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Not having posey probably didnt help….

  3. bloodysock - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    His nasty beard bothered me throughout 2011.

  4. stex52 - Feb 21, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Forget the elbow. That merkin on his face bothers me. Can he do something about that?

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