Brian Wilson Officially Done in 2012, but San Francisco Giants Will Be Just Fine

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Brian Wilson Officially Done in 2012, but San Francisco Giants Will Be Just Fine
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If you're a San Francisco Giants fan, you better savor that picture because you won't see Brian Wilson throwing another pitch for the club in 2012.

By all accounts, Wilson went under the renowned knife of Dr. James Andrews on Thursday to have his right elbow surgically repaired. The colorful closer came up gimpy while finishing Madison Bumgarner's gem against the Colorado Rockies and, though he successfully shut the door, an ugly outing got uglier in the aftermath.

The initial story of a tweaked ankle was merely a distraction, allowing the injury bug to pick the Gents' pocket. In reality, Willie suffered a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, necessitating his second visit to Dr. Andrews in less than a decade and costing him the rest of the season.

Ironically, the right-hander's first save of the '12 campaign will also be his last—unless he's got a medical miracle stashed in his famous beard, that is.

Make no mistake, the loss of Wilson stings in more ways than one, but it isn't a soul-crusher like Buster Posey's exploding ankle and it's far more survivable than a serious injury to (baseball gods forbid) Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain or Tim Lincecum.

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