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C.J. Wilson to undergo elbow surgery to remove bone spurs

October 02, 2012|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • C.J. Wilson went 4-5 with a 5.54 earned-run average after the All-Star break this season.
C.J. Wilson went 4-5 with a 5.54 earned-run average after the All-Star break… (Elaine Thompson / Associated…)

SEATTLE — Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson revealed after Monday night’s 8-4 win over the Seattle Mariners that he will undergo arthroscopic surgery immediately after the season to remove bone spurs from his elbow, a condition the left-hander said has been bothering him since the All-Star break.

“I’ve been pitching through some little problems the last couple of months,” said Wilson, who allowed two earned runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking five, to improve to 13-10 with a 3.83 earned run average.

“A quick visit to Dr. [Lewis] Yocum, a 40-minute procedure, and I’ll be out. I should be ready for spring training. I had a similar procedure after 2008 and bounced back pretty well the next couple of years.”

Wilson, who is completing the first year of a five-year, $77.5-million deal with the Angels, went 9-5 with a 2.43 ERA in the first half and made the American League All-Star team. But he went 4-5 with a 5.54 ERA in the second half, going 11 starts from July 1 to Aug. 23 without a win.

Wilson said the bone spurs limited his range of motion and forced him to make “a million adjustments to get around it,” he said.

One was to stand as far to the left side of the rubber as he could to “get an angle because I can’t throw sinkers any more because my arm doesn’t work great,” he said. “But you’re paid to go out there play regardless of whether you’re 100%.

“The training staff did a good job to keep me on the field. I was healthy enough to pitch, but not healthy enough to be at my best.”


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