Originally posted on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 4/16/12

National League teams will likely not have to “fear the beard” for 12 to 18 months. San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson is likely headed for Tommy John Surgery, which would mark the second time he has undergone the procedure.

Wilson reportedly has structural damage in his throwing elbow and is almost certain to miss at least the 2012 season and possibly more. The closer plans to seek out several opinions on his condition and plans to make a decision on whether or not to have surgery by next weekend.

But, to be honest, it sounds like the decision has already been made.

Wilson pitched in just two games this season, allowing four hits and two runs, while walking two and striking out two. His ERA was 9.00 and he boasted a WHIP of 3.00. Clearly something wasn’t right with him.

The bearded closer missed a chunk of the 2011 season with elbow inflammation, actually spending two stints on the disabled list because of the problem. Clearly his delivery isn’t easy on his arm.

Wilson already had Tommy John surgery back in 2003 during his college career at LSU. The list of guys who have had the procedure twice is not long, so if he decides to go down that road it will be a tough road back.

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