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Brian Wilson acknowledges that he needs a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery

Apr 15, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle passes along this unfortunate series of updates on the status of Giants closer Brian Wilson:

It’s unfortunate timing for Wilson, who is eligible for arbitration for the final time in 2013 and stood to cash in big. But he should have enough time to prove his value before reaching free agency heading into 2014.

The 30-year-old righty has a 3.21 career ERA, a 9.6 career K/9 and 171 career saves. He underwent his first Tommy John surgery in 2003, before being selected in the 24th round of the ’03 draft. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Saturday that he will employ a committee in the ninth inning going forward.

  1. dcburden - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    If the Giants put him on the 60-day disabled list, wouldn’t he be arb-eiligible again in 2014? He’s not going to accumulate much service time this year.

    • randomdigits - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      Pretty sure you still accumulate service time on the DL.

  2. cleverbob - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Much as I find him annoying, this must be devastating for him. Hate to see this happen to anyone.

  3. baccards - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    “Better arm and throw harder” – When will Tommy John surgery become elective?

  4. captainwisdom8888 - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    No beard shall be feared…

    • evanwins - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      LOL. I’m with you. I can’t stand this guy and his schtick. So glad I won’t have to see it for at least another year.

      Baseball is better without him.

      • dexterismyhero - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:13 AM

        I agree. He is nothing more than an entertainer. At least there are still players that give a damn about the TEAM, and not being an ahole.

      • gsiggins - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        He may be an entertainer and a showboat, but he certainly isn’t a “me-first” guy who doesn’t care about the team. He’s a great teammate by all accounts, beard or not.

  5. contraryguy - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    You know he’ll be back. Why? Cause he’s BLACK OPS

  6. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Why even mention that he’s arbitration eligible? What does that have to do with anything?

    • visnovsky - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      B/c he would have personally made a ton of money in arbitration in 2013. Now he won’t.

      • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:21 PM

        Can you be much more of a tool?

  7. Old Gator - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    This is really too bad. I know it kinda goes with the territory, but still, you hate to see one of the game’s great competitors, and great characters, disappear from the field for extended periods. Best of luck with the surgery, heal up and come back soon, O hirsute one.

  8. schmedley69 - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    By the time he is ready to pitch again, his beard will be down to his knees.

    • beavertonsteve - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      Actually Giants team doctors are considering a pioneering surgery where they use Wilson’s epic beard hair ro replace his UCL. Not only will he throw twice as hard, he should be healed and ready to go by next Monday.

  9. afirst916 - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Baseball is better without him? That’s a bit of a stretch

    • blabidibla - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      Yeah, because baseball can’t possibly use a player that closes games and has a positive personality.

      Haters got to hate.

      • beavertonsteve - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        Dodger fan agreeing with you.

  10. Marty - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    I agree it’s hard to like a guy like Wilson unless he’s pitching for you. That’s why the haters are so petty. If its not blatantly obvious that Wilson had “it”, that is what “it” takes to be a fearless competitor in professional sports, then we all deserve our title of anonymous Internet pussy.

    • Gamera the Brave - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Yeah, I mostly enjoy his schtick, but he is a little too self-aware at times.
      On the other hand, anyone who thinks he is just a showboating self-promoter hasn’t been paying attention. Dude works incredibly hard on his game.

  11. jimbo75025 - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:48 AM

    Not a fan of the guy but wish him a speedy recovery-one if the few unique personalities in the game whether you love him or hate him.

  12. cmutimmah - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    There is a Madden curse… should we also assume there’s a taco bell commercial curse?

  13. hjworton46 - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    I’m no Giants fan but I appreciate Wilson as a player and a character. Baseball WILL miss him. Let’s hope the surgery does the job and he’s back as good as or better than before.

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