LA Angels Rumors: Do Teammates Feel C.J. Wilson Is Faking Injury?

LA Angels rumors about the C.J. Wilson injury have created a bit of turmoil. The Angels just placed Wilson on the disabled list, but there are some teammates grumbling that he may not be “that injured.” A report from CBS Sports stated that Wilson is set to have surgery on his elbow that will bring the 2015 MLB season to an end for him. It was a move that confirmed that the arthritis and elbow inflammation actually indicated something worse. Wilson even spoke about suffering through bone spurs.

On Saturday night (Aug. 1), another report came out from CBS Sports, this one stating that “several Angels teammates” were skeptical about the extent of Wilson’s injury. After trying to pitch through the first half of the 2015 MLB season, Wilson felt that his elbow was just getting worse. It is now at the point where he will have to go through surgery, much to the dismay of teammates expecting him to play through it. Responding to some of the LA Angels rumors floating around, C.J. Wilson gave some concise comments about the injury.

“I’ve been pushing through it for a couple months. I’ve thrown 100 innings in this condition, and it’s just consistently getting worse. As it gets worse, the risk of blowing my shoulder out and being completely done with baseball increases, and I’m not willing to take that risk.”

Wilson has certainly put together a good season for the Angels, posting an 8-8 record with a 3.89 ERA through 132 innings of work. It could be very tough for the Angels to replace him in the starting rotation, but the team could still look to make a trade before the August 31 trade deadline. All pitchers acquired from this point will have to either come from the Minor Leagues or through waivers. With more teams starting to fall out of the postseason race, it could make a starting pitcher like Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners available.

As for the drama that could come from several Angels players feeling that Wilson shouldn’t have the surgery now, it’s certainly not something that will help clubhouse morale. On the same day that the Angels got shut down by the LA Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw, this isn’t the type of bad news that fans want to hear about. The front office or the coaching staff will need to address these LA Angels rumors and get the team on the same page. What cannot happen is for this C.J. Wilson injury to become something that derails the entire season for the team.

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