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08/11/08 1:10 PM ET

Wilson to have season-ending surgery

Left elbow bone spurs the culprit; reliever seeks spring return

BOSTON -- Rangers reliever C.J. Wilson will have arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow this week, and will miss the rest of the season.

Wilson made the decision after further tests revealed he was dealing with both bone spurs and bone chips in the elbow. There are no muscular issues that would keep Wilson out for an extended period of time, and he should be ready for Spring Training.

"I'm really looking forward to next year, that's the biggest thing," Wilson said from California, where he has been seeing Dr. Lewis Yocum. "This year I have been handicapped the whole time. I probably should have had this done at the end of last year. I drove the wheels off that car and now it's time to get a new one."

Wilson has 24 saves in his first full season as the Rangers closer, but has a 13.00 ERA in his last 11 games before finally going on the disabled list a week ago after an examination revealed he was dealing with bone spurs.

The other possibility was to have a cortisone shot and try to pitch the rest of the season, but the discovery of bone chips as well as the spurs made Wilson decide to have the surgery this week. He will be in a sling for 7-10 days and could begin a throwing program before the season is over.

"I'm relieved," Wilson said. "My main focus is to come back and play for next year and the rest of my career."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.