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Wilson confirms he is done for the season

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Wilson confirms he is done for the season

SAN FRANCISCO Brian Wilson was as mirthful as possible for someone discussing such sobering news.

The Giants three-time All-Star closer and World Series hero acknowledged Sunday morning that he is almost certainly headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Yet he guaranteed he would resume his career with the Giants next season, he was adamant he will return stronger than ever and he said he would remain a visible presence in the clubhouse this season. He anticipates celebrating with them in September, too.

I dont think (the bullpen is) going to falter, Wilson said. I think were going to take the West no matter what, whether Im here or not.

Wilson admitted it was his elbow, not his ankle, that bothered him when he threw a pitch to the Rockies Tyler Colvin in Colorado on Thursday. Wilson had told trainers and coaches a fib because he did not want his season to end with his being escorted off the mound.

He barely escaped a bases-loaded jam to save the 4-2 victory for Madison Bumgarner.

My mindset is, if its inflammation, just get out of this mess, Wilson said. If this is season ending, your last act will be to preserve Bumgarners win.

Wilson joked that Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper should be ready in the booth for him. He said hell win an Emmy out from under their noses, too. And apparently, Major League Baseball is 14.99 richer because Wilson, now focused on being a fan this season, bought the MLB At-Bat app on his iPad first thing Sunday morning.

Heres the full transcript of the interview:

Q: How are you handling this diagnosis?
A: Im doing fine. Im not down at all. The likelihood is, yeah the seasons over with. Ill be getting a couple more opinions but we all know what structural damage is. The likelihood of me throwing again this year is minimal.

Ive prepared for a different view of the game. I have an opportunity now to be a better teammate and watch other stories unravel and be more of a student of the game. I still have a lot to learn and I still have a lot to teach. By no stretch of the imagination is my journey over. This is a mild bump in my road. Nothing has been easy when Ive pitched or lived so this is an opportunity for me to get a better arm.

Why is that disappointing? I get to throw harder. I like it. I like my odds. I get to become more involved in the community and Kruk and Kuip better watch out because Ill be upstairs in the booth, Ill be announcing games. Maybe win an Emmy.
Q: When did you first notice something was wrong?
A: 2010 -- I mean, if you want to be honest. I was pitching on borrowed time last year. If you want to look at timing, yeah, getting hurt sucks, but the timing of this, being April, and you look at 12 months from now, if I do have to get surgery, Ill be pitching again in April with another season under my belt.

And I still will be a Giant because I have four arbitration years and so legally Im theirs. Which is good. So basically go see a couple more doctors this week and there will be a decision by the end of the week.
Q: This would be your second Tommy John surgery. Will that first experience help you?
A: Im not worried about coming back at all. Its not even a question. Ill be back pitching. The thing Ill be disappointed about is, uh, Im no slouch to working out, but I just know what Im in for. I know its a grueling process, daily, but Ive never shied away from hard work. Ive never shied away from the opportunity to get better and Ive got a full year to work on some stuff.

And you know what? Now I get to take in some Giants baseball from a different perspective. The first thing I did this morning was download that MLB app on my iPad. So Ill be watching a lot of games. Im not going to disappear. If I do have to rehab, its going to be here. Ill be in the locker room. Im not going to miss a game.

My spirits arent down. I know a lot of people are sad. I know Giants fans are going to look at this as a huge loss, but you know, weve got the best bullpen in the league. Ive gotten the honor to play with those guys, teach them a lot of things and theyve taught me a lot of things. And theyre going to fill my role the best they can and I dont think theyre going to falter. I think were going to take the West no matter what, whether Im here or not. Weve got a great lineup, weve got the same coaching staff back, the front office did a marvelous job putting together a team thats going to win and thats exactly what were going to do .
Q: Youre confident the bullpen will thrive without you?
A: Of course. The other seven guys are very good. Theres going to be different responsibilities and more roles to be filled and I know theyre going to do a great job. Thats not even a question. Im not going to sit here and say Im the savior and things are going to fall apart. No, not at all.
Q: What did you feel Thursday in Colorado?
A: Yeah, you could tell what pitch didnt work well. I walked behind the mound. I threw 10 more pitches. My mind set is, if its inflammation, just get out of this mess. If this is season ending, your last act will be to preserve Bumgarners win.
Q: Any regrets about how you handled that?
A: Thats now I play baseball. Push it to the limits. I was able to help our team do some great things last year regardless of how horrible it felt throwing a baseball.

Q: What went into the decision not to have surgery when you were on the DL last year?
A: That was a different thing. That was forearm, flexor (tendon). This is ligament stuff. That didnt require surgery. It just required a little time off. But I guess you could say this was coming and its better now than any time based on the time frame it takes to come back. Its a year. No big deal. If I plan on playing forever, then this is a small percentage of my career.

Once Im on the mound again next year, playing baseball, Im not going to look back at this and say, Wow that sucked, or Woe is me. Im not like that.

The first time I got (Tommy John surgery), I looked at it as an opportunity to throw harder. You know, 21-year-old kid, I get to throw harder. Thats pretty awesome. The difficult thing is the monotony of all the exercises and the time it takes. Its more mental anguish than physical anguish. Because you wake up and youre told you have to do this work, you complain three minutes into it and then you do the work. Its the mental part that can be overbearing, but you know what? Ive done it once. Do it again. Thats the case.

Q: Will being at the ballpark for your rehab be a therapy of sorts?
A: I think so. Ive got 24 best friends out there, and Ive got the coaching staff. And you know what? Ive got an entire city thats my friend. So Im not going to be down. Im a fan of baseball. So Ive got another 150-something games to watch and see what kind of story unfolds.
Q: You have one more arbitration year left. Do you imagine it will be difficult to come to terms on a contract?
A: Well, like I said, if I plan on playing baseball forever Im not worried about contracts. As long as Im pitching, things will work out. Its not something I think about at all. The Giants have me for another year. Youre welcome.

Q: Youll see Dr. Andrews in Florida?
A: I have to call Jimmy, see whats open.

Q: Will you see Lewis Yocum (in Anaheim)?
A: Thats a possibility. Theres plenty of great doctors. It doesnt hurt to get everyones opinions on this.

Q: Do the tests show a UCL tear?
A: I didnt ... Thats not something I really know about. I just go by how my arm basically feels, what Ive gone through already, similarities and all that, and what (trainer Dave Groeschner) and all the other doctors are portraying.

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner saw no reason to make a big deal over his first win of the year, even if it came far deeper into the season than anyone expected.

In a season that long ago spun out of control for both San Francisco and its ace, Bumgarner was happier seeing the struggling Giants have one of their best games of the year.

Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

"It was nice to be on the board now individually," Bumgarner said. "But that's not what it's about. It's about us winning games, and we played really good tonight."

Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in his final game with San Francisco as he was traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. The veteran infielder was pulled in the fifth inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. The deal was announced after a few minutes after the final out.

Bumgarner also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.

Josh Harrison singled twice for the Pirates, who fell behind 9-0 and couldn't recover. Pittsburgh stranded seven runners in the first five innings, including four in scoring position.

Making his third start since coming off the disabled list after nearly three months following a dirt bike accident in Colorado on April 20, Bumgarner (1-4) was mostly sharp while quieting a potent Pittsburgh lineup and ending the Pirates' seven-game winning streak at AT&T Park.

Three years after pitching a complete game to beat Pittsburgh in the NL wild card on his way to winning the 2014 World Series MVP, Bumgarner pitched out of a pair of early jams, allowed six hits and had four strikeouts.

"He did a nice job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure he's glad to get that (first win) taken care of. Once he went five that was enough."

It's the first win by a Giants starting pitcher since July 5.

Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.

"I didn't make good pitches once they got runners on," Taillon said. "They didn't waste any time. They had a merry-go-round going."

UMPIRE GOES DOWN:
Posey lined a single that hit second base umpire Ed Hickox in the foot and knocked him down in the fifth inning. Hickox slowly got to his feet and was attended to by a member of the Giants medical staff but remained in the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto may need to make a rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Cueto has been hindered by blisters on multiple fingers of his pitching hand, an issue that has lingered for much of the past month. The right-hander played catch from 105 feet before the game. Pablo Sandoval moved from Single-A San Jose to Triple-A Sacramento as he continues to try to work his way back into the big leagues. RHP Chris Stratton was recalled from Sacramento and IF Orlando Calixte was optioned down.

UP NEXT:
RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11, 5.05 ERA) pitches the finale for the Giants seeking to beat Pittsburgh for the second time this season while RHP Trevor Williams (4-4, 4.74 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates looking for his fourth win in the last five road starts.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox.

The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

Anderson, Boston's third-round pick out of Florida in 2016, has a 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem this season.

Santos, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher, was signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League this season, Santos has allowed just three earned runs in 30 innings pitched.

Nunez was lifted for pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and was seen hugging teammates as he left the dugout.

In 75 games with the Giants this season, Nunez hit .308/.334/.417 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Nunez was acquired from the Twins last summer for two prospects.