Brian Wilson to have Tommy John surgery on Thursday

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Giants closer Brian Wilson spent the past couple of days gathering different opinions from doctors on the status of his injured right elbow and recommendations on how to go about fixing it.

Now the verdict is in, via beat writer Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News:

Wilson underwent his first Tommy John procedure in 2003, while pitching for Louisiana State University.

That one resulted in over a 12-month rehab, and this one is likely to be no different. Santiago Casilla is expected to serve as the Giants’ primary closer for the remainder of the 2012 campaign.

Wilson will likely miss the start of the 2013 season and is scheduled to hit the free agent market heading into 2014, so all this comes with brutal timing. But he’s said to be maintaining an optimistic outlook.

Report: Orioles interested in Lance Lynn

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The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.

Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.

Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.