C.J. Wilson: L.A. Angels Pitcher to Undergo Surgery to Remove Bone Spurs

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2012

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  C.J. Wilson #33 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Detroit Tigers in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 8, 2012 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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After the Los Angeles Angels' playoffs hopes ended on Monday night, starting pitcher C.J. Wilson decided the time was right to go under the knife to remove bone spurs in his left elbow, according to Aiden Gonzalez of MLB.com.

...Angels starter C.J. Wilson revealed that he had been pitching with bone spurs in his left pitching elbow for "the last couple of months" and was set to undergo offseason arthroscopic surgery.

The date for the surgery has not been made public, but the report does state that Wilson "already has a date in mind for the surgery." Wilson is expected to be ready for spring training in February. 

For anyone who saw Wilson pitch in the second half of the season, the news that something was wrong can't be a big surprise. He completely collapsed after the All-Star break, particularly in the month of August. 

Wilson had a 7.99 ERA in 32.2 innings pitched that month, allowing 47 hits, 14 walks and six home runs. He did rebound a little bit in September, posting a 3.66 ERA with 28 hits and 17 walks in 32 innings. 

The Angels made two big moves last offseason to get back in the playoffs for the first time since losing in the American League Championship Series in 2009. Albert Pujols was the biggest acquisition, signing a 10-year, $240 million deal. 

Wilson was a somewhat surprising sign, because the Angels had a strong rotation. But he grew up in the area, and the Angels were willing to make him a hefty offer. 

They were expected to compete with the Texas Rangers for the top spot in the American League West, but a slow start and the surprise run from the Oakland A's wound up being their undoing as their postseason hopes were dashed when the Oakland A's knocked off Texas on Monday night.