Brian Wilson acknowledges that he needs a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery

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Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle passes along this unfortunate series of updates on the status of Giants closer Brian Wilson:

It’s unfortunate timing for Wilson, who is eligible for arbitration for the final time in 2013 and stood to cash in big. But he should have enough time to prove his value before reaching free agency heading into 2014.

The 30-year-old righty has a 3.21 career ERA, a 9.6 career K/9 and 171 career saves. He underwent his first Tommy John surgery in 2003, before being selected in the 24th round of the ’03 draft. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Saturday that he will employ a committee in the ninth inning going forward.

2017 Preview: The American League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East

Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams.  The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.

Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:

Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.