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C.J. Wilson expected to return from disabled list Saturday

Jul 31, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

Cliff Lee AP AP

C.J. Wilson struggled before going on the disabled list in early July with a right ankle sprain, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia told Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register this afternoon that the left-hander is penciled in to make his return Saturday against the Rays.

Wilson, 33, owns a 4.33 ERA and 107/48 K/BB ratio in 116 1/3 innings over 19 starts this season. He had a 6.81 ERA over his final eight starts before hitting the DL with the ankle injury, but he recently told Fletcher that lost flexibility in his left hip contributed to his struggles and that he’s feeling “way better” now.

If Wilson is healthy again, that could be like an impact trade acquisition for the final two months of the regular season. At least that’s what the Angels have to be hoping, especially after tonight’s scare with Tyler Skaggs.

  1. jarathen - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    CJ Wilson also seems to explain that his performance lags when he hurts, like he did near the end of his first season in Anaheim. Which is baffling, because a hurt CJ Wilson goes from a nibbler with success to a wild pitching machine just waiting to be knocked around the park.

    With Skaggs hurt, the Angels desperately need Wilson back.

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