C.J. Wilson is not confident he will be able to pitch again in 2015. Bone spurs have bothered Wilson in the past, and according to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez, Wilson is likely to miss the remainder of the season.
Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times adds Wilson has been pitching with spurs in his elbow since April and surgery is likely because his range of motion has "diminished." If Wilson continued to pitch, he might put himself at greater risk of a shoulder injury. An MRI revealed left elbow impingement and surgery is a realistic option because the bone spurs in his elbow have expanded, Wilson told Gonzalez.
Wilson, 34, had surgery for bone spurs in his elbow after the 2012 campaign and bounced back to toss 212.1 innings in 2013. The Angels were active leading up to Friday's non-waiver trade deadline but focused on improving their outfield. According to Shaikin, Wilson told the Rangers he would likely need surgery prior to the deadline. As a result, the moves Texas made were agreed upon with the understanding Wilson might not return to the rotation in 2015.
Jered Weaver is set to return from a hip injury soon and the club does have some pitching depth. Andrew Heaney, Hector Santiago, Garrett Richards, and Matt Shoemaker all round out Los Angeles' starting rotation.
Wilson has posted a 3.89 ERA and 3.97 FIP over 132.0 innings over 21 starts with the Angels in 2015.