April 15, 2012
MLB notes: Giants' Wilson accepts that his 'season is over'
By QMI AGENCY
The Beard is indeed broken.
The San Francisco Giants beared closer, Brian Wilson, will likely have reconstructive Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow for the second time in his career and is done for the season, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The Giants put Wilson on the disabled list Sunday after discovering that he had structural damage in his elbow.
The 30-year-old righthander will get a second opinion on the extent of the injury, which flared up Friday, before going under the knife. He's expected to talk to noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
"The likelihood is, yeah, the season's over with," Wilson told the Chronicle. "I'm getting a couple more opinions. We all know what structural damage is. The likelihood of me throwing again this year is minimal. Basically, I'm just going to see a couple more doctors this week and there will be a final decision before the end of the week."
Wilson told the Chronicle he was pitching on "borrowed time" after the 2010 season, when he saved a MLB-high 48 games. He had Tommy John surgery for the first time while playing for LSU.
Injured Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford will probably play his first extended spring training game Tuesday.
Crawford, who has been on the disabled list since the start of the season due to inflammation in his surgically repaired left wrist, will fly to Florida Monday and play his first game -- albeit a minor-league outing -- of the season the next day, according to the Providence Journal. He took batting practice in Boston Saturday while the Red Sox were playing Tampa Bay.
"The sound was so loud that I think it inspired some of our guys to hit the ball hard," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "He was really making a loud noise in that batting cage."
Crawford is expected to return to the Red Sox lineup by early May.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully was back in the booth Sunday after missing the Los Angeles Dodgers first five games due to a cold.
Scully, 84, missed the Dodgers' home opener for just the second time in his 63 years calling games.
"I was so angry at myself for being sick. But then I thought, I didn't do anything to make myself sick, so I could just be angry at the fates. There was disappointment and, of course, a little self-pity.
"Finally, I decided that was enough of the emotion, let's see if I can get myself well."
Scully will broadcast more than 100 Dodgers games this season despite cutting back his workload to exclude games east of the Rockies. He will trim the schedule even more this season by not working games in Colorado.
An MRI showed that Minnesota Twins starter Nick Blackburn has no structural damage in his throwing shoulder and will likely avoid going on the DL. Blackburn might not even miss a start ... The Houston Astros are shopping starter-turned-closer Brett Myers, according to USA Today. Myers has allowed just one hit in two innings of work this season ... The Red Sox called up outfielder Jason Repko and utilityman Nate Spears from Triple-A Pawtucket while designating catcher Luis Esposito and pitcher Michael Bowden for assignment ... Bosox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury will have more tests done on his partially dislocated right shoulder. Doctors needed the swelling to subside before determining exactly how bad the injury is, although he's expected to be out for two months ... Utilityman Skip Schumaker could rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals later this week. Schumaker has been rehabbing a torn right oblique muscle with the Cards' Triple-A affiliate in Memphis.