Giants closer Brian Wilson confirmed Sunday he is likely in need of Tommy John surgery, ending the pitcher’s season after just two appearances.
Wilson appeared to injure his right arm during a game in Colorado on Thursday, his second appearance in as many days. He stayed in the game, but his control and velocity dropped dramatically. He finished the inning and earned the save, but allowed a run and needed 32 pitches to get three outs.
Wilson was placed on the disabled list Sunday as Ryan Vogelsong came back to make his first start of the year.
Despite the setback, Wilson remained his usual lighthearted self before Sunday’s game, saying he plans to be at the ballpark regularly. He said he thinks the team will be fine without him.
“If you can look at it as a positive, those other seven guys [in the bullpen] are really good,” he said. “There’s going to be different responsibilities and more roles to be filled. I know they’re going to do a great job. It’s not even a question.”
Manager Bruce Bochy said everything had seemed fine during Wilson’s rehab from an injury that sidelined Wilson for the end of last season, and that the team did everything they wanted to do during the rehab process.
“We checked off every box, we had no hiccups, we did everything you possibly can to have him ready,” Bochy said before Sunday’s game. “I don’t know what else you could do differently.”
Wilson had a first Tommy John surgery in 2003 while pitching at LSU.