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: Yankees close to signing Gio González to minor league deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are close to signing starter Gio González. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the deal is of the minor league variety that will pay González $3 million if he makes the major league roster.

González, 33, made 27 starts for the Nationals before being sent to the Brewers ahead of the now-defunct August 31 waiver trade deadline. In aggregate, González went 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA and a 148/80 K/BB ratio in 171 innings. He was solid in his five starts with the Brewers, going 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA.

Neither Luis Severino nor CC Sabathia will be ready for the start of the season, so González will add some immediate depth at the back of the Yankees’ rotation. Sabathia will likely return before Severino. When that happens, González may be pushed out of the rotation.