Giants' Wilson may need elbow surgery

April 14, 2012 at 9:37 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO, April 14 (UPI) -- San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson may need season-ending surgery after the team announced Saturday he has elbow problems.

Wilson has "structural issues" in his throwing elbow, Manager Bruce Bochy told reporters, adding Wilson would be seeking a second opinion from an orthopedist after the magnetic resonance imaging diagnosis.

If the initial assessment is confirmed, it will likely require season-ending Tommy John surgery -- the second of Wilson's career.

The 30-year-old reliever also underwent ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction in 2003 while at Louisiana State.

Wilson set a Giants' club record with 48 saves as San Francisco claimed a World Series championship in 2010.

He has recorded 171 saves and a 3.21 earned run average in 315 appearances in his seven seasons with the team.

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