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Brian Wilson to have Tommy John surgery on Thursday

Apr 18, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

Giants closer Brian Wilson spent the past couple of days gathering different opinions from doctors on the status of his injured right elbow and recommendations on how to go about fixing it.

Now the verdict is in, via beat writer Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News:

Wilson underwent his first Tommy John procedure in 2003, while pitching for Louisiana State University.

That one resulted in over a 12-month rehab, and this one is likely to be no different. Santiago Casilla is expected to serve as the Giants’ primary closer for the remainder of the 2012 campaign.

Wilson will likely miss the start of the 2013 season and is scheduled to hit the free agent market heading into 2014, so all this comes with brutal timing. But he’s said to be maintaining an optimistic outlook.

  1. doctorfootball - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    If Lincecum doesn’t start to pick it up soon, the Giants won’t need a closer in his starts. They’ll never get to use him.

  2. Jason @ IIATMS - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    I read that Romo was in line for saves, too. Am I mistaken?

  3. joeflaccosunibrow - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Was the warranty up on the first surgery?

    • petey1999 - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:46 AM

      How many times can you do that?

  4. eastcoastblows - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    So much for “The Machine”

  5. buffalomafia - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Second surgery means he is finished? Will he ever be able to throw hard again?

  6. lewp - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Not many details….I guess it’s a “Black Ops” thing.

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