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Brian Wilson diagnosed with “moderate” sprain of UCL in elbow

Apr 16, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

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All indications are that Brian Wilson will undergo Tommy John surgery — he certainly seemed resigned to the possibility yesterday — but there’s no guarantee that’s what will be advised this week.

Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Wilson was diagnosed with a “moderate” sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. He does not have a full tear and there are pitchers who opt to rehab the injury rather than have surgery.

Wilson traveled to Southern California today to get an opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum and he’ll visit Dr. James Andrews in Florida on Wednesday. We should know something definitive by the end of the week.

Assuming Wilson ultimately opts for surgery, he will miss the rest of the season and perhaps the early part of next season. The Giants could have a tough decision ahead of them under this scenario, as he is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. As Baggarly noted yesterday, the Giants could offer him a 20 percent (maximum) pay cut, meaning a $6.4 million salary for 2013, or they could non-tender him and potentially bring him back at a lower salary. Of course, non-tendering him would give him the option of testing the open market.

  1. hittfamily - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    So my fantasy team needs to know. Is he done for the year either way or not?

    • D.J. Short - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      Wouldn’t rule him out for 2012 if he decides to rehab, but lengthy absence no matter what. Very touch and go in that case.

      • hittfamily - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:50 PM

        Thanks for responding. He’s on waivers, and thought about making a claim when I read this. Not any longer. Moderate sprain doesnt sound very serious, so good for him.

  2. stex52 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    I wouldn’t mind if he shaved off that stupid looking beard, but otherwise I hope the news is pretty good for him. Two Tommy Johns seems like a bit much for anyone.

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