Brian Wilson Out For Season

Giants closer Brian Wilson is officially out for the season and will likely undergo his second Tommy John surgery, according to Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area. Baggarly adds that Wilson's elbow troubles date back to a flexor strain suffered in 2010, and while that issue didn't involve his UCL, this current injury does. Wilson knew he'd injured himself significantly on a pitch to Tyler Colvin, but wanted his final pitch to be one that saved Madison Bumgarner's win (which it did).

Since taking over as the Giants' full-time closer in 2008, Wilson has pitched to a 3.04 ERA over 266 1/3 innings en route to 164 saves. He's posted a strong 10.1 K/9 to go along with a 3.8 BB/9 in that time, and led the National League in 2010 with 48 saves. He plans to spend the season with his team, and in his usual joking manner, told reporters the injury was only a minor setback because he plans on pitching forever.

With Wilson on the shelf, the Giants plan to go with a committee to close games, using a combination of Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla, and Javier Lopez to close games. Fantasy players can follow along with the latest updates on Wilson and other closers by following @Closernews on Twitter.


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50 Comments on "Brian Wilson Out For Season"


Brent Schuber
3 years 3 months ago

everyone is getting tommy john this year….

3 years 3 months ago

Why is it that these prima donnas are hurt and lie about it for a year or better and the managers kiss their royal behinds….no one seems to give a hoot about hurting their team anymore just themselves….release these clowns as soon as possible along with the forgiving managers.

Travis White
3 years 3 months ago

Tommy John. He’s so hot right now

FS54
3 years 3 months ago

must be one great sale.
sad to hear about Wilson. Giants should be fine without him.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 3 months ago

Yes, but..  can he tie a double windsor knot?

Paul Shailor
3 years 3 months ago

Hate to see so many closers go down. 

Tony DiQuattro
3 years 3 months ago

Wilson has that “I’m fine coach” mentality that really does no one any good.

notsureifsrs
3 years 3 months ago

sucks, but romo might be better than wilson anyway

levendis
3 years 3 months ago

I wouldnt go as far as that, but Romo has the chance to fill in very nicely.

nm344
3 years 3 months ago

And who’s going to replace Romo?

giantsfan4life
3 years 3 months ago

Heath Hembree. At least until he wins the closer role.

BLB25
3 years 3 months ago

bullpen depth is an issue the Giants are pretty unlikely to struggle with.  Hembree is probably close to ready to contribute at the MLB level and Casilla, Romo, Affeldt, Lopez and Otero are all adequate late inning options right now.  

EdinsonPickle
3 years 3 months ago

I wish him the best. He’s one of the fun personalities in the game, and he’s a good closer. Hopefully, after this surgery is all said and done, he can move back to a form closer to his 2010 season.

Ian_Smell
3 years 3 months ago

Hanrahan to Giants at deadline? Anyone, anyone?

bucs_lose_again
3 years 3 months ago

Brandon Belt, please…

mistgl
3 years 3 months ago

 Why would we trade for a closer when our in house options are better than half the teams in baseballs current option? That, and our top pitching prospect is our closer of the future and is currently in AAA.

johnsilver
3 years 3 months ago

 “Why would we trade for a closer when our in house options are better”

I hope u ain’t including (snicker, snicker) Javy Lopez in that lot.. Stick him back into the AL, he needs a refresher course on how good he really is…

mistgl
3 years 3 months ago

 Yes, I am so uneducated about baseball that I consider a career LOOGY as a good fit for fill in closer. I couldn’t have possibly been refereeing to Romo….

johnsilver
3 years 3 months ago

 It was a joke…

Javy and that delivery of his is something to behold. really am surprised he has stayed as effective as long as he has with the league switch tho and hitters have not figured him out.

Okajima is another thought would have done well for 2-3 years if he had moved/switched leagues with his funky delivery, but he just went back to Japan after NY released him.

bucs_lose_again
3 years 3 months ago

 Did I suggest the trade?  No, I did not.

owlssc
3 years 3 months ago

 Half the teams? You mean all of them?

gmenfan
3 years 3 months ago

 Dream on.

letsgogiants
3 years 3 months ago

I could also see Huston Street being a target, given that the Padres are in a rebuilding mode and would be quick to trade him for a couple of prospects. Street has experience closing and would provide depth to the bullpen, that is if Hembree isn’t ready by then to close games (I could see him up in the majors pretty soon, but I think it would be wise to start him in a set-up role and have success before closing games.)

gmenfan
3 years 3 months ago

 Same thing crossed my mind as well.

EdinsonPickle
3 years 3 months ago

I wouldn’t give up Belt or any other top prospects for a closer when Romo can handle the job just fine. I think the Giants’ bullpen is deep enough to handle this blow, and if not, they’ll probably go for a set up man rather than a closer.

mistgl
3 years 3 months ago

 Honestly, I think they bring Hembree in to test out the set-up role before they pull the trigger on a trade, and might even let him attempt some easier save situations.

Essentially the same thing the Braves did with Kimbrel, and the CWS are doing with Reed.

rovert22044
3 years 3 months ago

We’ll give you Brett Myers for a bag of peanuts!

55saveslives
3 years 3 months ago

No closer has more saves since 2008 than Brian Wilson. Heath Hembree is the heir apparent. He has flat out dominated in the minors.

Good Luck on a speedy recovery Brian! Thanks for helping us get the ring!

3 years 3 months ago

Heath Hembree anyone?

J. Alora
3 years 3 months ago

Romo will not close. The Giants do not feel like he can pitch two days in a row. Casilla will be the anointed one.

blueniner
3 years 3 months ago

Romo is also one hanging slider from a blown save…….

3 years 3 months ago

Really unfortunate news. But maybe the silver lining in all of this will be that he finally shaves the beard. Its time…

Snoochies8
3 years 3 months ago

agreed

melonis_rex
3 years 3 months ago

Or dyes it blue. That would just be entertaining.

gmenfan
3 years 3 months ago

Comes into his next outing sporting a fluorescent orange beard that’s down to his belly button and responding to the nickname “The Gnome.”

bobbybaseball
3 years 3 months ago

But the real questions is, what happens to the beard while he rehabs? Does he continue to grow it out or does he shave that thing? Bet there’s a family of four living in there by now…

Wes Whitenack
3 years 3 months ago

Gotta call up Seattle, we’ll give you League if we could get something nice in return.

owlssc
3 years 3 months ago

 We also have Romo, who is better than League.

55saveslives
3 years 3 months ago

If he shaves his beard, I hope they sell it with cards like the jersey swatches. lol

Runtime
3 years 3 months ago

I had Farnsworth, Wilson, and Bell as my RP in my H2H Fantasy League…

Guess you can consider me never winning a match in the Saves category…

3 years 3 months ago

If you know you’ve hurt yourself isn’t it kind of irresponsible to try to finish the save? Didn’t he risk giving up the lead with a couple of successive wrong motions? If my backup was Kevin Gregg I could see trying to finish, but there are like six top tier relievers behind him in SF.

mmiller54
3 years 3 months ago

I am so sorry this happened, even as a die-hard dbacks fan, I admire Wilson’s comedy and ability and am sorry for him.

Clayton Wilson
3 years 3 months ago

That apology seemed pretty genuine……

You sure this wasn’t your fault?

owlssc
3 years 3 months ago

I was thinking, if Brian Wilson didn’t have the Wilson beard, fun, etc. then SF could trade him for Brandon Phillips. Imagine if that happened. First the Reds’ original closer (Ryan Madson) went out for the season, then their replacement closer went out for the season too.

3 years 3 months ago

My gut is churning…I say if a player is playing hurt and knowing it they should be fined dearly for hurting their teams chances….along with sitting their butts for a year…
Freddy Sanchez is the next….mark my word…the managers play ring around the nosey with these prima donnas, while sucking down the big bucks…I do beleive the FREAK is one of these clowns.