Updates from Thursday, July 31
Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register has the latest on Wilson's return:
#Angels CJ Wilson is penciled in to return to the rotation on Saturday, Scioscia said.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) July 31, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, July 29
CJ Wilson looking like he'll be back in the #Angels' rotation this week. 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 SO for Double-A Arkansas. 81 pitches.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) July 29, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, July 22
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com provided an update on C.J. Wilson's recovery:
CJ Wilson felt good in his bullpen (50 pitches) and will throw an up-and-down 'pen (like a sim game) Wednesday. "Good progress," he said.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) July 22, 2014
Updates from Monday, July 21
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reported on C.J. Wilson's rehab:
CJ Wilson throwing his first bullpen session today. Says ankle doesn't bother him throwing, but will probably need rehab assignment.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) July 21, 2014
Updates from Sunday, July 20
Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register provides a synopsis of Angels manager Mike Scioscia discussing C.J. Wilson's recovery on Friday:
#Angels Scioscia said CJ Wilson's ankle is "still sore." Is throwing but not off a mound yet. Too soon to know how close to being ready.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) July 18, 2014
The Los Angeles Angels have won eight of their last 10 games to claw back into the American League West standings, but they were dealt a tough blow on Thursday, as starting pitcher C.J. Wilson has been placed on the disabled list with an ankle injury.
The Angels' official account reported the news via Twitter:
Official announcement - CJ Wilson to DL, Bedrosian optioned, Rasmus recalled, select contract of RHP Drew Rucinski, Maronde designated— #VoteGRich (@Angels) July 10, 2014
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times provides more on the injury:
#Angels LHP C.J. Wilson has a right-ankle sprain.— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) July 10, 2014
Throughout his MLB career, Wilson has been as consistent as they come. While his numbers might not be as strong overall this year, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports a staggering stat about the pitcher:
#Angels CJ Wilson has never missed a start, by the way. Until now.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) July 10, 2014
Wilson heads to the DL with an 8-6 record, 4.33 ERA and 107 strikeouts this season. While his ERA is higher than it has been since the 2008 season, he has seen a spike in his earned runs over the last four starts.
During that span, Wilson failed to surpass five innings on the mound, while his ERA ballooned from 3.70 to 4.33. Manager Mike Scioscia spoke about Wilson's rough stretch, per Zach Helfand of the Los Angeles Times: "Naturally, when a pitcher like C.J. goes the wrong way for so long, you're concerned."
Wilson is just one of several big-name players to suffer from the injury bug recently across the league. That list includes fellow pitcher Homer Bailey. Alex Seixeiro of 590 The Fan notes the myriad injuries in the MLB, including Wilson's:
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports also shared his thoughts:
Wilson isn't the only pitcher dealing with injuries for the Angels, either. Jered Weaver, the club's ace, left his start on Monday with lower back stiffness.
It's never easy losing a starting pitcher in the MLB, especially with Los Angeles trying to catch the Oakland Athletics in the division. But with the All-Star break coming, Wilson and Weaver should have extra time to recover before the second half of the season.
With a series starting against the Texas Rangers coming up, the Angels will have to hope they can keep the hot streak going. When Wilson is able to return, L.A. has to hope he can return to the form that earned him the No. 2 starter role.
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