National League teams will likely not have to “fear the beard” for 12 to 18 months. San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson is likely headed for Tommy John Surgery, which would mark the second time he has undergone the procedure.
Wilson reportedly has structural damage in his throwing elbow and is almost certain to miss the 2012 season and possibly more. The closer plans to seek out several opinions on his condition and is likely to make a decision on whether or not to have surgery by next weekend.
But it sounds like the decision has already been made.
Wilson pitched in just two games this season, allowing four hits and two runs, with two walks and two strikeouts. His ERA currently sits at 9.00 and he owns a WHIP of 3.00. Clearly something wasn’t right when he was in there.
The bearded closer also missed a chunk of the 2011 season with elbow inflammation, and spent two stints on the disabled list because of the problem. Clearly whatever he does with his delivery isn’t easy on his arm.
Wilson already had Tommy John surgery back in 2003 during his college career at LSU. The list of guys who have had the procedure twice is not long, so if he decides to go down that road it will be a tough road back.
The 30-year-old closer is a three-time All-Star who led the National League in saves during San Francisco’s World Series championship run in 2010. He is a huge part of what the Giants do and will be difficult to replace.