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08/06/08 12:49 AM ET
Wilson headed to disabled list
Struggling closer has tiff with Washington while being pulled
By Shawn Shroyer / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- C.J. Wilson is headed to the disabled list with bone spurs in his left elbow. He will travel to Los Angeles as soon as he can to see Dr. Lewis Yocum about the possibility of having surgery. This was decided between Wilson and manager Ron Washington after Tuesday night's game. Joaquin Benoit will be activated from the disabled list, where he's been since July 5 with inflammation in his right shoulder, and replace Wilson on the Rangers' roster. "He was throwing 93 [mph] but effectiveness has got to be a part of it," Washington said. "He's got to get it right." However, it was an earlier exchange between Wilson and Washington that caught people's attention. Wilson entered Tuesday's game in the eighth inning -- his first setup appearance of the season -- and struggled to get his pitches over for strikes. He walked Bobby Abreu to lead off the inning and hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch before striking out Xavier Nady on a full count. Wilson then walked Robinson Cano to load the bases and gave up a grand slam to Richie Sexson. After the grand slam, Washington went to the mound to make a pitching change. Wilson flipped the ball to Washington and began to walk off the mound. "I was extremely upset," Wilson said. "That's what happened." Wilson didn't get far, though, before Washington grabbed him by his right arm, pulled him back toward him and said something before letting him go. "I told him, 'Don't flip the ball to me. You hand it to me,' " Washington said. Wilson said he'd been trying to pitch through his bone spur problems. But after his performance Tuesday and his postgame meeting with Washington and general manager Jon Daniels, it became clear a trip to the disabled list was the only option. "There's no other plan. What am I supposed to do? Go out there and walk everybody? The team needs to win," Wilson said. The only question now for Wilson is exactly how much time he will miss. Wilson said there was no doubt he would have to have surgery on his throwing elbow at some point, but he said it would be up to Dr. Yocum as to how soon he would need to go under the knife. "I'm going to have to have elbow surgery at some point," Wilson said. "It's just a matter of what Dr. Yocum says. Whatever he says goes." Wilson is 2-2 this season with 24 saves and a 6.02 ERA. In 46 1/3 innings, he's walked 27 batters. He's also allowed at least one run in five of his past eight outings, blowing two saves during that span. With that in mind, Wilson has come to terms with taking a trip to the disabled list for the good of his team. "If I feel like a four-letter word, I can't help the team win," Wilson said. "We have plenty of capable guys in the bullpen who can."
Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.