Angels lefty C.J. Wilson will undergo surgery on his left shoulder, per a club announcement. The procedure will address “fraying” in his labrum and rotator cuff and will keep him out until 2017.
Wilson, 35, has simply not shown progress after dealing with shoulder soreness this spring. He has yet to appear in the majors this season, and also had his 2015 season cut short by arm surgery — that time to remove bone chips from his elbow.
With the news, Wilson will hit the open market without returning to the bump for the Halos. He joined the organization on a five-year, $77.5MM free agent contract before the 2012 season.
That signing may not have paid off quite as much as hoped, but Wilson was useful for Los Angeles over his four years of active duty with the club. All told, Wilson contributed 722 1/3 innings of 3.87 ERA pitching, with 7.7 K/9 against 3.8 BB/9.
Depending upon how his rehab goes, Wilson could feature as an interesting bounceback candidate on the open market. Teams are always in need of sturdy, back-of-the-rotation arms, and we’ve seen fairly significant guarantees handed out to similarly-accomplished pitchers who have recent injury concerns.