Lefty C.J. Wilson to have surgery Thursday on left elbow

C.J. Wilson

C.J. Wilson/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels


Southpaw C.J. Wilson said he wanted to get more opinions on whether he needed surgery to clean out his left elbow. After spending six to seven hours this past Tuesday at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles – with as many as five doctors chiming in – Wilson has opted for the surgery and it will be performed Thursday there.

Wilson told reporters the doctors were surprised he had been able to pitch as long as he did in his condition; the discomfort began in April.

Wilson, who last pitched July 28 at Houston, said he expects to be ready for spring training. He has had somewhat similar surgeries in 2008 and 2012.

“Each one has been different,” Wilson said. “The first one I had a bunch of bone chips, second one was just bone spurs and this one was some of each.”

Wilson, 34, went 8-8 with an ERA of 3.89. He is making $18 million this season and will make $20 million in 2016, the final year of his contract.

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