C.J. Wilson Injury: Updates on Angels SP's Recovery from Elbow Surgery

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson continues to deal with shoulder tendinitis suffered during his recovery from left elbow surgery. The Angels have placed him on the disabled list and it is uncertain exactly when he will return. 

Continue for updates. 


Latest on Wilson's Timeline to Return

Saturday, April 9

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reported Wilson will be out at least a month after he begins a throwing program in Arizona on Monday.

On April 3, the Angels announced they placed Wilson on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 25.


Wilson Looking to Rebound in Contract Year

After racking up at least 200 innings pitched in four straight seasons between 2010 and 2013, Wilson failed to reach that benchmark during the 2014 and 2015 campaigns. 

But if there's a time for him to rebound, 2016 would appear to be it. 

The 35-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the Angels, per Spotrac, and a solid showing throughout 2016 could allow him to reap the rewards of one more long-term deal before he calls it quits. 

Though Wilson wasn't able to return in time for Opening Day, his long-term health is paramount. While not ideal, sitting out a month or more at the start of the season will be worth it if it helps him finish strong.

The velocity on Wilson's fastball has dropped each of the past three seasons, per FanGraphs, but if he can touch somewhere in the range of 91-92 mph on the radar gun while effectively mixing in his curveball and changeup, he could piece together a resurgent season. 

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