C.J. Wilson Injury: Updates on Angels Pitcher's Ankle and Return

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IJuly 10, 2014

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 09:  C.J. Wilson #33 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after a Steve Tolleson #18 of the Toronto Blue Jays single to score two runs and take a 4-3 lead during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 9, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Updates from Thursday, July 31

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register has the latest on Wilson's return:


Updates from Tuesday, July 29

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com speculates on when C.J. Wilson will return to the Angels:


Updates from Tuesday, July 22

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com provided an update on C.J. Wilson's recovery:


Updates from Monday, July 21

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reported on C.J. Wilson's rehab:


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: 


Original Text

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:

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times provides more on the injury:

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:

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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