Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson has decided to undergo season-ending elbow “cleanup” surgery to remove multiple bone chips that have bothered him all season.
Several of Wilson’s teammates anonymously questioned his toughness and willingness to play through pain via the local media, but after pitching through discomfort for months he finally decided it was too much to continue down the stretch.
Wilson finishes the season with a 3.89 ERA in 21 starts, giving him a 51-35 record and 3.87 ERA in 119 starts through four seasons of a five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels. He’s under contract for $20 million in 2016 and is expected to be fully healthy in time for spring training.
C.J. Wilson said he was going to have season-ending surgery due to a bum elbow. It was a decision that rankled a few of the M.D.s on the Angels roster. But now it seems he’s getting a second opinion on August 11. From Alden Gonzalez:
Wilson is still leaning strongly toward season-ending surgery to remove what he described as eight bone spurs in his left elbow. But he said the Angels have approached him about the possibility of taking a few weeks off, delaying the surgery — one Wilson has had two other times in his career — until the offseason and possibly helping the Angels out of the bullpen in September.
Reading that whole article it sure as heck sounds like this is Wilson humoring the Angels who really want him to pitch through injury despite his earlier comments about not being able to go any more.
As reported yesterday, C.J. Wilson will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a left elbow impingement. He’ll have surgery to clean out a bone spur. Pretty straight-forward, it seems. This passage from Alden Gonzalez’s story at MLB.com, however, reveals that the matter is not so clear cut in the Angels’ clubhouse:
Privately, though, several Angels players expressed frustration in Wilson’s decision, with some believing he should’ve continued to try to pitch through the issue.
Wilson was adamant in saying he can no longer push through it.
I am struggling to think what possible basis one person has to second guess another person’s medical decisions like that. But maybe I’m underestimating the number of orthopedists and M.D.s the Angels have on their 25-man roster.
Seriously, though C.J., rub some dirt on that bone spur and get the heck back out there. The experts have spoken. Anonymously, and in a manner which they would never speak to you face to face.
UPDATE: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Wilson has been diagnosed with a left elbow impingement, which is “secondary to arthritis.” The southpaw just said that he’ll need surgery to clean out a bone spur, which is expected to end his season. That’s a blow for the Angels, but fortunately they have some depth in their rotation.
11:37 a.m. ET: Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with what was termed as left elbow inflammation. However, this update from Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times doesn’t sound encouraging:
It’s very unusual, if nothing else. The assumption was that Matt Shoemaker would be headed to bullpen when Jered Weaver returns from the disabled list, but he could end up keeping his rotation spot for the foreseeable future if Wilson’s injury turns out to be serious. Fortunately for the Angels, Shoemaker has pitched much better of late. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts and owns a 2.01 ERA dating back to June 26.
After having his worst season as a starter in 2014, Wilson has bounced back this year with a 3.89 ERA and 110/46 K/BB ratio in 132 innings over 21 starts. The 34-year-old is under contract for $20 million in 2016.