C.J. Wilson was all ready to head into 2016 healthy following elbow surgery from the season prior, but his first bullpen of the spring turned things south from the get-go. He began feeling soreness in his shoulder during his first bullpen session in February, and even though an initial MRI only revealed tendinitis, the problem never subsided. The left-hander seemed to be close to returning in late May, but then another complication arose, leading him to opt for the surgical repair route of recovery in July, ending his season before it ever began. At 36 years old and coming off of a fairly significant injury, Wilson's best days are likely behind him. His 3.89 ERA in 21 starts during the 2015 season signals that there could be a bit left in the tank, but his health makes him a low-cost dart for a team desperate for rotation help if he's willing to get back on the mound in 2017.
Wilson said Thursday that he's turning his primary focus toward race car driving and the auto dealership that he owns, but hasn't formally announced his retirement from professional baseball, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. "I don't know. If the situation was right, maybe," Wilson said, in reference to his future in baseball. "But right now I'm here at the dealership. The most attractive offer I had was to race this season." Wilson, 36, made just a lone rehab appearance in the minors in 2016 before requiring season-ending surgery on his throwing shoulder in July. Given his advancing age and poor health in recent years -- along with the fact that his production waned when he was healthy enough to pitch during his final three seasons with the Angels -- Wilson unsurprisingly attracted few interested suitors upon hitting free agency this winter, but it was still expected that he'd pitch in a showcase at some point in February. For the time being, it appears the showcase may no longer be in the cards, which would likely be the death knell for a potential comeback.
Wilson (shoulder) began throwing over a month ago and is progressing toward a possible showcase in February, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Wilson saw his tenure with the Angels end on a sour note when he required season-ending surgery in his contract year, so a showcase to demonstrate his stuff is still there is likely a requirement for a team to take a chance on him. The 36-year-old hasn't produced an ERA+ above league average since 2013 though, so his ceiling is beginning to look fairly limited.
Wilson will undergo surgery next week to address fraying on the labrum and rotator cuff in his left shoulder. Things seemed to be trending this way with Wilson seeking a second opinion on the shoulder last week, and the team officially announced Tuesday that the lefty will need surgery. The procedure will knock him out until next season and presumably end his tenure with the Angels, as Wilson's a free agent this winter. He turns 36 in November.
Wilson (shoulder) is leaning toward undergoing season-ending surgery, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Apparently, the second opinion Wilson received on his shoulder last week was similar to the first, as he now seems resigned to needing surgery. Wilson has made little notable progress over the past month or so following another setback near the end of May. An MRI around that time reportedly showed no "new damage" to the shoulder.
Wilson is slated for a second opinion on his injured shoulder, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports. The shoulder has been bothering Wilson since February and he hasn't pitched, even in a rehab start, since May 25. At this point, it's hard to imagine he's going to pitch in the majors in 2016, but we'll update if his next doctor's visit supplies some unexpected good news.