San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson addressed the media for the first time since manager Bruce Bochy announced the thick-bearded Wilson was likely headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery, according to a report on the Giants website.
Wilson, a three-time All-Star who has led the team in saves four straight seasons, seemed to have a positive outlook regarding the disappointing news.
“I’m not down at all,” Wilson said. “I can be a better teammate and watch other stories evolve this year, and I can become a student of the game again and keep learning.”
Wilson said he felt something on a pitch to Todd Helton in Coors Field on Thursday. Wilson finished the outing for the save—his only one of the season.
The surgery will be the second one for Wilson, who had it at LSU in 2003. “If I’m going to pitch forever, this will be a small percentage of my career.”