San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from Tommy John Surgery and insists that he will be ready for the 2013 season opener, according to the Washington Post.
“I’d say that I’m way ahead of the game,” Wilson said in his usual quirky manner during his on-field workout Thursday. “I don’t think that there would be any setbacks. I will be available opening day. I will be 100 percent at spring training. I don’t believe there will be any rehab assignments.
“Unfortunately, I did get hurt in April, but fortunately I did get hurt in April. I have a whole year, so I’d have a regular spring training like everybody else,” he said.
Wilson became a rising star in San Francisco during their 2010 World Series title run, leading the majors in saves (48). In 2012, he wasn’t so fortunate. The eccentric closer injured his throwing arm during a bullpen session in mid-April and underwent elbow-reconstruction surgery by the world-renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. It was his second Tommy John surgery of his career, the first of which happened in his college years with LSU.
Though many players don’t make it back from a second surgery of this magnitude, Wilson remains optimistic.
“Coming back from Tommy John is 100 percent hard work. That’s all it is,” Wilson said. “That’s all I’ve ever known and that’s all i’ve ever done. For me, that’s easy.”
The Giants have missed their three-time All-Star closer this year. In his absence, manager Bruce Bochy has intertwined Sergio Romo, Javier Lopez and Santiago Castillo to fill the ninth inning void. All have had their fair share of ups-and-downs (especially Castillo), but the closer-by-committee setup has panned out in recent weeks leading up to the 2012 playoffs. Still, it won’t be the same without the bearded one loading the bases in the ninth inning and shutting down the last batter, reminding us of what “Torture Baseball” is all about.