Brian Wilson May Not Be Back For A While

August 26, 2011 – 2:38 pm by Ryan Phillips

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.

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  1. 4 Responses to “Brian Wilson May Not Be Back For A While”

  2. So is it that big of a difference throwing on flat ground rahter than throwing off of a mound, for a major league pitcher?

    By jay on Aug 26, 2011

  3. Flat ground is a good place to start to warm things up. Off a mound there can be extra torque on the arm because you’re creating a downward plane. Additionally when they throw on flat ground, most guys don’t wind up or do anything other than just throwing naturally.

    Almost every pitcher begins by soft tossing on flat ground to get loose, even in the bullpen, then they step up to the mound.

    If you’re having problems on flat ground, it’s not a good idea to get on the mound and go from the full windup, because the additional stress on your body from the windup will just exacerbate those problems.

    By Ryan Phillips on Aug 26, 2011

  4. thanks man, i’ve always actually wondered about. makes sense

    By jay on Aug 26, 2011

  5. No problem Jay, thanks for reading.

    By Ryan Phillips on Aug 26, 2011

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