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

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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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Mike Scioscia liked what he saw from C.J. Wilson on Friday

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

 

C.J. Wilson has had an up-and-down season for the Angels. Friday’s performance against the Boston Red Sox was one of his best starts of the campaign.

He tossed eight innings and gave up five hits and no runs while striking out four and walking three in the Angels’ 1-0 victory that came to an end when Mike Trout hit a game-winning home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Wilson didn’t get the victory, but he received plenty of praise from manager Mike Scioscia.

“There are some guys in there in that lineup that will let you know if you’re missing spots and he just got some big outs,” Scioscia said. “I thought he used all his pitches. Didn’t bring his curveball into the game until maybe a little bit later. But had good fastball command, good changeup, cutter, used the slider well.”

 

 

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Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson to PED users: ‘Stop being a baby and move on.’

C.J. WilsonAngels pitcher C.J. Wilson, the Angels’ player representative to the MLB Players’ Association and a former teammate of suspended Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, addressed a crowd of reporters in the Angels dugout today. Here’s a sampling of his responses:
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