Giants place Wilson on DL

1:54 PM, Apr 15, 2012   |    comments
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San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants placed closer Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a right elbow sprain.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced on Saturday that the star closer likely has structural damage in the elbow and would consult orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, but the righty will likely require season-ending Tommy John surgery.

The 30-year-old tied the Giants' club record with an MLB-best 48 saves en route to a World Series championship in 2010.

Including his two appearances this season, Wilson has recorded 171 saves and a 3.21 earned run average in 315 appearances over his seven professional seasons, all with San Francisco.

With Wilson out, the Giants will be forced to close games by committee, but they do have options in Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt and Santiago Casilla.

San Francisco also activated pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, who began the season on the disabled list because of back pain that forced him to miss time during spring training. He made two rehab starts for Triple-A Fresno, allowing two runs and fanning 12 in 10 innings.

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