TEMPE, Ariz.— It’s only the first start of spring training for C.J. Wilson, who will face the Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale Park on Saturday, but the Angels are eager to see how the left-hander looks after he underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow last October.
“He’s feeling like he has full range of motion,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of Wilson. “He’s been able to execute every pitch that he has in his tool bag in his bullpen sessions.”
Wilson, the former Texas Rangers left-hander who signed a five-year, $77.5-million deal before 2012, was an All-Star last season, going 9-5 with a 2.43 earned run average, striking out 88 and walking 49 in 111 1/3 innings in the first half.
But the elbow began flaring up in July, and though he pitched through the discomfort, Wilson was not very effective, going 4-5 with a 5.54 ERA, 85 strikeouts and 42 walks in 91 innings in the second half.