Bochy and athletic trainer Dave Groeschner were adamant the team followed every step of Wilson’s rehab properly _ and the closer agreed _ last year and this offseason. Wilson felt something in the elbow at Colorado, Groeschner said, but didn’t tell the team until Friday about the discomfort.
Wilson, who already had one Tommy John surgery during college, was then sent for tests. The results seemed to surprise even Bochy considering Wilson was still hitting 95 mph on the radar and 89 with his cutting fastball against the Rockies.
“It’s pretty amazing where he was at given with what happened,” Bochy said. “He was still pretty good.”
The eccentric right-hander with the bushy, black beard means as much to the clubhouse _ regularly playing dominoes and pulling pranks with teammates _ as he does when he runs out of the bullpen with House of Pain’s “Jump Around” blaring over the ballpark’s speakers. Still, with a deep bullpen, the loss doesn’t figure to cost San Francisco the way star catcher Buster Posey’s season-ending leg and ankle injury did after a home-plate collision with the Marlins’ Scott Cousins last May 25.
In fact, Wilson believes he’ll have more time for his off-the-field antics in the clubhouse while rehabbing than before.
He joked that he might hop in the broadcast booth and “maybe win an Emmy.” He still has another arbitration year under contract with the Giants, telling fans and media, “You’re welcome.” And he’s not worried about coming back, saying it’s an “opportunity for me to get a better arm. How’s that disappointing?”
“If I plan on playing forever,” Wilson said, smiling, “then this is a small percentage of my career.”
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