Teams in need of relief help continue to monitor the
situation of former San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson. The Beard is
recovering from Tommy John surgery, and he’s not going to throw for interested
teams until he’s fully recovered from the procedure, according to Jayson Stark
Stark notes that Wilson’s current “loose target date” to
resume throwing for teams is the All-Star break.
Wilson underwent TJ surgery last season after appearing in
two games for the Giants. He missed the remainder of the year, but he resumed
throwing by the time the playoffs rolled around.
Over the offseason, Wilson threw for teams – including the New York Mets. While it looked like he could sign on with a club over the
winter, there were concerns surrounding the state of his healing elbow. Wilson wasn’t impressive, and a deal was never reached.
Now, it sounds like Wilson will hold off on throwing again
until he feels he’s back to his former state. He’s giving himself plenty of
time, considering the procedure generally requires a 12-month recovery period.
Over seven seasons with the Giants, Wilson posted an ERA of
3.21 with 171 career saves. In 2011 – his last full season – the 31-year-old
maintained a 3.11 ERA with 36 saves.
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