Wilson shut down for final two games

Wilson shut down for final two games

Wilson shut down for final two games
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wary of aggravating Brian Wilson's temperamental throwing elbow, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that the Giants' closer will not pitch for the brief, two-game remainder of the season.

Wilson, 29, spent Aug. 16-Sept. 18 on the disabled list with a strained right elbow. He pitched twice since being activated, converting his lone save opportunity.

But it became obvious during the late innings of San Francisco's 3-1 victory over Colorado on Monday that Wilson was not available to pitch. Instead of warming up as Colorado rallied in the eighth inning, he didn't budge from the dugout.

"I don't see the point of throwing Brian out there," Bochy said. "It's the old risk-versus-reward adage. Let's go ahead and shut him down and rest him."

Wilson declined comment as he left the Giants clubhouse. "I'm not going to talk about myself," he said.

Wilson is guaranteed $8.5 million next season in the final season of a two-year contract extension.

A three-time National League All-Star, Wilson also began the season on the DL with a strained left side. He converted 36 saves in 41 opportunities, finishing 6-4 with a 3.11 ERA.