San Francisco Giants star closer Brian Wilson sent to disabled list 

San Francisco Giants star closer Brian Wilson has been officially placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 16, due to right elbow inflammation.

The Beard hasn't pitched since Monday when he gave up three hits and two walks in the ninth for his fifth blown save in 40 chances in a 5-4 loss to Atlanta.

"I lost the game," said San Francisco's star closer. "I blew it."

Wilson first reported the elbow pain after blowing the save Monday night.

He flew to Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday to get his elbow checked out by Dr. James Andrews, who performed major elbow surgery on the reliever eight years ago.

Andrews found no major problems, sending Wilson back to Atlanta with a recommendation of rest and treatment. But he will continue to monitor Wilson's progress by telephone.

"Any time a guy says his elbow is tight and sore, you always worry about that," Giants trainer Dave Groeschner said. "I think Brian has the ultimate respect for Dr. Andrews, as do we. It was good for him to go see the man, put his mind at ease a little bit, too."

Persuaded that Wilson won't be out for an extended period, the Giants decided not to put him on the disabled list right away.

"He's our closer," the trainer said. "He's the best guy we've got in the bullpen."

Although the G-men were hopeful Wilson wouldn't have to go on the disabled list, it seems that is the case now.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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