San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson is currently on the disabled list with inflammation in his pitching elbow, and he may not be back any time soon.
Wilson played catch for “six or seven minutes” on Thursday before shutting it down. It was the first time he had thrown since going on the DL. Wilson will be evaluated by team trainers today but it doesn’t look good for the All-Star closer. There is almost no way he is ready when he is eligible to return from the DL on Wednesday.
Setup man Sergio Romo got better news however, as he threw off a mound on Wednesday and will throw an inning in an extended spring training game on Friday. Romo could be activated as early as Sunday.
With his Giants in the thick of a pennant race, all Wilson can do is sit and watch his team struggle. San Francisco dropped two of three to the Houston Astros last weekend, and lost the opener of their current series last night. While the Giants put in a waiver claim on San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell, there is virtually no chance a deal gets made by tonight’s deadline to do so.
So as it is, the most recognizable player on the defending World Series champions’ roster has been relegated to the sidelines while his team sits three games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks as August comes to a close. This injury has to be absolutely killing Wilson.