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Brian Wilson diagnosed with structural damage in elbow, will meet with Dr. James Andrews

Apr 14, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle shares this bit of troubling news:

Wilson is expected to be placed on the disabled list Sunday when the Giants activate Ryan Vogelsong and could miss the rest of the 2012 campaign if it is indeed recommended that he goes under the knife.

Wilson told reporters that he “felt something” in his throwing elbow after making two consecutive appearances this week. He had an MRI late Friday that revealed the structural problem.

The 30-year-old right-hander had allowed four hits and two earned runs in two innings of work this season.

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UPDATE, 7:51 PM: The Associated Press is reporting that Wilson WILL visit with Andrews, who of course specializes in Tommy John surgery. Wilson had the Tommy John procedure in 2003 and could need it again.

UPDATE, 8:47 PM: Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Nate Stuhlbarg of CSNBayArea.com that Wilson is now “likely” to have surgery. If it’s the Tommy John variety, he’ll be done for the rest of 2012.

  1. thomas2727 - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Horrible news for Wilson since he had Tommy John surgery in 2003.

    How many pitchers have salvaged careers after a 2nd Tommy John Surgery?

    • ditka96 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      Hong-Chih Kuo (4 times), and Chris Capuano (twice) and that is about it for pitchers that have had atleast twice and returned to pitch. Xavier Nady had it twice as a position player.

  2. biasedhomer - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Really bad news for him, at least he’ll have a career off the field though, no matter how poorly he does on it.

  3. randygnyc - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    I don’t recall specifically, but there are a few pitchers that have successfully returned after multiple TJ surgeries.

  4. rob0527 - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    I thought Tommy John surgery was like the chicken pox. Once u got it and recovered u can’t get it again.
    Just makes us Yankee fans appreciate Mo that much more.

    • rythestunner - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      Not even close. You can’t be “immune” from a physical injury. Tommy John surgery is just the replacement of a ligament in the elbow. You’re just as prone to injuring that new ligament as you were the one you were born with.

  5. stengy - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Does this make Sergio Ramos the new closer? Need to know for fantasy baseball….

  6. stengy - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    SF options are: Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez

    • marklar1025 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      dont forget Heath Hembree -

  7. marklar1025 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    a lot of peeps will come ITT and talk trash about how he was never good in the 1st place, shave the beard, too much schtick, etc etc. This guy sacrificed his arm, his future (a lot like Rob Nenn) for that WS run. He was money that whole season, pitching more than an inning on several occasions. 48 saves, 1.81era + 10 more saves in the post season will never be forgotten by Giants fans. Hope its not TJ surgery but something is obviously wrong with his velocity and command. Hope he gets better and pitches again. Go Giants!

  8. Kevin S. - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Hey, Sabean, Soriano-for-Belt. Yanks will even kick in Raffy’s 2012 salary!

    • Kevin S. - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      Oh, c’mon. Tell me that any fan of a team with a spare veteran reliever (especially if he has a closing pedigree) isn’t salivating over Belt right now, given Sabean’s history.

  9. ditka96 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Pick up Sergio Romo…… Check!

  10. randygnyc - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Joey Devine 2x
    Joakim soria 2x
    Doug brocail 2x
    Daren dreifort 2x
    Jason isringhausen 3x
    Couple of other lesser names
    Jose rijo 5x

  11. mikeincmn - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Sad news. I’m not a giant’s fan, but Wilson was always fun to watch on and off the the field. Hope he makes it back, but its always a crap shoot with Tommy john even with all the success stories.

    Another guy that has had it twice is Joe Nathan

  12. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Wilson is an odd dude but he’s one of the good guys in baseball. Sucks that it looks like he’s going to be missing a significant amount of time again.

  13. whosgotitbetter - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    they won’t trade belt because they have Hembree to call up if needed. he is the best closing prospect in a while. Romo or Casilla can cover also

    • Kevin S. - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:24 AM

      They signed Huff to block Belt when he was the best 1b prospect in baseball. They signed Molina to block Posey when he was the best C prospect in baseball, and they only moved Bengie when Buster forced them to. Never underestimate Sabean’s proclivity for shafting promising kids in favor of overpaid vets.

  14. Ben - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Well the only good news that can come of this is that Romo is perhaps the best reliever in all of baseball.

  15. hosmachine - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    that dang taco bell commercial, the XXL chalupa was just to much.

  16. aceshigh11 - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    That sucks.

    His shtick might rub some people the wrong way, but make no mistake: he takes baseball seriously. He keeps himself in excellent shape and works his ass off.

    Here’s hoping he bounces back…baseball is more fun with a few characters like Wilson in it.

  17. mungman69 - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Brian Wilson is related to me. I haven’t talked to him since Christmas time and everything seemed fine. We all wish him the best and we know that he will be back very soon.

  18. vikesdynasty - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    ^ I’m sure dude

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