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.
Wilson (shoulder) has not pitched in a game since a May 25 rehab appearance at Inland Empire.
He was scheduled to throw a bullpen session two weeks ago, but the Angels have provided nothing in the way of updates regarding Wilson's progress in the time since that scheduled session. It's reasonable to think that he will need four or five rehab starts if and when he's healthy enough to pitch again this season, making it unlikely that he will be activated before the All-Star break.
Wilson (shoulder) will resume throwing later in the week, Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register reports.
Wilson threw a bullpen session last weekend and reported feeling "awful" in the aftermath. While a subsequent examination revealed no further damage to his left shoulder, the Rangers have given him more than a week off to recover. Wilson will now resume throwing, but he'll likely be brought along slowly to avoid another setback.
Wilson's MRI showed no new damage to his left shoulder, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
He reported feeling "awful" during his bullpen session Saturday, prompting the follow-up exam. The phrasing here, with the team saying there was nothing "new" revealed in the MRI, suggests Wilson is still dealing with some tendinitis. Wilson will remain shut down indefinitely.
Wilson (shoulder) relayed that he felt "awful" during Saturday's bullpen session, and he's now set to undergo an MRI within the next two days, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Wilson was on the cusp of making his second minor-league rehab start Monday at Triple-A Salt Lake, but that plan will now be nixed after the lefty suffered a setback. The MRI should help clarify Wilson's injury, but right now, the Angels are just labeling his ailment as shoulder discomfort. Even if the MRI results prove to be nothing serious, it's certainly not encouraging that Wilson is already hitting roadblocks in his recovery.
Wilson (shoulder) will make his second rehab start Monday at Triple-A Salt Lake, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
According to Fletcher, Wilson will make at least two starts at Triple-A before the Angels consider activating him from the 60-day DL. Wilson made his first rehab appearance Wednesday at High-A Inland Empire, allowing one earned run over 4.0 innings while striking out four batters. Given that he needs a minimum of two starts at Triple-A, Wilson appears to be on track for a return closer to mid-June than early-June.
Wilson (shoulder) threw a five-inning simulated game Friday and he will start his rehab assignment Wednesday, Pedro Moura of the LA Times reports.
Wilson has been increasing his workload of late, progressing from a three-inning sim game Monday to a five-inning outing Friday. Now that he's made it through a pair of sim games without incident, the Angels are comfortable with having Wilson set out on a rehab assignment in the middle of next week. Given the length of Wilson's recovery, he'll likely need multiple starts before he's ready to come off the disabled list.
Wilson (shoulder) could be ready to return June 3 when eligible, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
The Angels will keep Wilson in a controlled environment for one more throwing session, but if all goes well, Wilson may then head out for a rehab assignment. Wilson believes he will only need two starts in the minors to prepare for a return to the Angels' rotation. A two-time All-Star, he owns a career 3.8 BB/9 rate, which makes him a WHIP liability, but Wilson's still worth monitoring in deeper leagues.
Manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that Wilson (shoulder) will need another simulated game before facing live action, Joey Kaufman of the OC Register reports.
Wilson was able to successfully pitch approximately 40 pitches during Monday's three-inning simulation but Scioscia wasn't ready to set a date for his minor league rehab stint after watching. Despite the need for another simulation, the 35-year-old still seems to be on track for a mid-June return.
Wilson (shoulder) will throw a three-inning simulated game Monday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
It's the next step in the rehab process for Wilson, who had been limited to tossing bullpen sessions in recent weeks. If the live session goes well Monday, Wilson could soon be on tap to begin a rehab assignment. The Angels are expected to have Wilson back from the DL at some point in June.
Wilson (shoulder) could throw a simulated game as early as Monday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
The lefty incorporated some sliders into his most recent bullpen session, which consisted of 37 total pitches. A successful live session early next week would put Wilson on the verge of beginning a rehab assignment, but the Angels reiterated last week that he probably won't be back until the middle of June or so.
Wilson (shoulder) could join the Angels' rotation by the middle of June, the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.
He will throw off a mound Sunday for the first time since March, and there will be many other hurdles he will need to clear in order to make good on that mid-June timetable. The Angels could use all the help they can get in the rotation, with Garrett Richards and possibly Andrew Heaney headed for Tommy John surgery. That said, Wilson has not shown the ability to be particularly useful in standard leagues in recent years, so he should only be stashed in very deep formats.
Wilson (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sunday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
The transaction helps open up a roster spot for outfielder Shane Robinson, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move. Wilson isn't expected to return from his shoulder issue until at least mid-June, so his placement on the 60-day DL shouldn't be viewed as a setback in his recovery.
Wilson is targeting a mid-June return to the Angels, the Orange County Register reports.
Wilson is scheduled to take the mound May 9 for the first time since beginning his current throwing program. That would subsequently lead to a May 18 simulated game, and a potential rehab assignment after that. He will likely make a few starts in the minors, but if all goes according to plan he should return to the big league squad at some point in June.
Wilson (shoulder) has not yet advanced his long toss past 60 feet, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Following a week-plus long shutdown period, Wilson was cleared to resume throwing, but he's been slow to progress to this point. There is no timetable for Wilson's return to the major league roster, and one likely won't take shape until he ramps up closer to a rehab assignment.
Wilson (shoulder) will be re-evaluated Saturday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
If all goes as planned, Wilson could be cleared to start playing catch, but a timetable for his return to game action is still to be determined. In the best-case scenario, Wilson may be back in late-April, but that is far from guaranteed.
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