If Angels teammates are whispering about C.J. Wilson, he hasn’t heard it
Since announcing on Saturday that he will probably miss the rest of the season because of an elbow injury, Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson has sat with teammates in the dugout, dressed in the clubhouse and worked out daily in the weight room on the off chance he can muster a return.
There has, in other words, been ample opportunity for teammates to confront him about his decision to undergo surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow. A report from MLB.com over the weekend said unnamed players were privately frustrated. But so far, Wilson said, there have been no issues.
“Nobody said anything to me, so as far as I know — obviously I don’t put a lot of stock into anonymous reports,” Wilson said.
Wilson, who has undergone two similar procedures in past seasons, said an MRI exam in April found bone spurs in his elbow. It was bad enough, he said, that he texted teammate Cory Rasmus, then also rehabbing from an injury, that he was about to join him.
Instead, Wilson said, he decided to pitch through the injury. Since April, he has had his elbow drained four times, though he said he hasn’t flaunted it.
“You don’t want to be the guy who’s out there complaining all the time,” Wilson said. “So I don’t come in with a Band-Aid and say, ‘Hey, everybody, feel bad for me, I got my elbow drained yesterday.’”
Wilson said the Angels pitching staff knew of his arm issues because he hadn’t been throwing in between starts. He said they understood his injury. He didn’t speculate on the rest of the team.
“We don’t sit in here and gossip about what you guys are writing about us, you know what I mean?” Wilson said. “What we do is have one-on-one conversations.”
Before Monday’s game, Manager Mike Scioscia said, “C.J.'s elbow injury needs attention. That’s what it is.”
In his meeting with reporters, Scioscia did not address the unattributed complaints.
Wilson said his final decision on surgery will not come until Aug. 11, when he is examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. He has talked about his situation with anyone who has asked.
“I don’t think anybody’s walked away from that not understanding completely where everything is,” Wilson said.
Right-hander Nick Tropeano was scratched from his start Monday at triple-A Salt Lake. Scioscia said the Angels want to keep Tropeano fresh in case he is needed to fill a bullpen spot in the coming games.
The Angels will need a starter to fill in for Wilson, but with an off day Thursday, they won’t need the extra starter until next week.
Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney was named American League rookie of the month for July, and center fielder Mike Trout was named the AL player of the month. Trout batted .367 with 20 runs, 12 home runs and 26 RBIs in 21 July games. He is the only player in major league history with that many home runs and RBIs in one month in 21 games or fewer.
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