Will Yoder
Monday April 16th, 2012

San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson confirmed to CSN Bay Area today that he will likely miss the rest of the 2012 season due to an elbow injury.

“My mindset is, if it’s inflammation, just get out of this mess,” Wilson said. “If this is season ending, your last act will be to preserve Bumgarner’s win.”

Wilson told CSN Bay Area that he will likely receive Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Tommy John surgery tends to have a 10-12 month rehabilitation period, however the procedure often extends pitcher's careers.

In just two appearances this season, the All-Star closer had posted a 9.00 ERA and one save. The 30-year-old had emerged in recent years as the top closer in the National League, earning 164 saves since the beginning of the 2008 season. In 2010, Wilson posted a 1.81 ERA while leading the league with 48 saves.

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