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C.J. Wilson (SP)

Los Angeles Angels - 10% owned

Bats: L, Throws: L

C.J. Wilson is just two weeks removed from elbow surgery and can already see a noticeable difference in his range of motion. (Source: Orange County Register)

Fantasy Impact: C.J. Wilson opted to taking season-ending surgery instead of completing the year to try to springboard the beginning of next year. This decision seems to be working out great since he already notices a difference in his range of motion. He has been wearing a special brace that moves his arm to keep it constantly stretching. He has also said that this experience will help him in the future to stay healthy.


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Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson will have season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs in his ailing left elbow. Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Wilson's decision before Thursday night's game against the Royals in Kansas City. Los Angeles began the day two games back of the Houston Astros in the AL West and 1 1/2 games up on the Tampa Bay Rays for the final wild-card spot. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: This is a huge blow for a team that is right in the thick of a playoff race. Wilson was not having the best year as he was 8-8 with a 3.69 ERA in 21 starts but will be missed most is the veteran presence on that pitching staff. Wilson should be able to come back in the spring barring any setbacks.


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He has had trouble since April with bone spurs on his elbow and his range of motion has diminished significantly. The bone spurs have caused nerve impingement and the surgery will repair that. (Source: Bill Shaikin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He should be ready to go for a complete season next year. He still has gas in the tank so shelf him for now and get ready for a successful year in 2016.


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C.J. Wilson allowed six earned runs on seven hits in seven innings against the Yankees on Sunday. He also struckout eight in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson looked solid until the fifth, having five of his eight strikeouts and only one run allowed at that point, but then it went south. He gave up the other five runs on three homers, including a three-run shot by Brett Gardner. Wilson can still dominate hitters for Ks, but he hasn't been effective in limiting the runs in his last two outings. Keep him active in mixed leagues, but monitor for future blowups.


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Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson struck out seven, but was not at his best in Tuesday's loss to the Rays, dropping to 3-4 on the season. Wilson allowed a two-run home run to Logan Forsythe and surrendered three additional runs in the sixth before he was pulled. He was charged with five earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out seven over six innings of a 6-1 defeat. Of his 97 pitches, 59 were strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson might not have had his best stuff Tuesday but even his best stuff might not have been good enough against Chris Archer and his 15 strikeouts. Wilson's ERA has ballooned from 2.63 to 3.18 over his last three starts. He will make his next start Tuesday at Tampa Bay.


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C.J. Wilson allowed one earned run on two hits in six innings against the Tigers on Thursday. He also walked five and struckout seven in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson was erratic on Thursday, walking five, but also dominating to strikeout seven. The run he allowed was on a HBP with the bases loaded in the third, but after that Wilson settled down for the most part. Even with the control issues it was still a better performance than the last two (gave up four runs in each), but it's tough to trust him for fantasy. Keep Wilson active in all but the most shallow of mixed leagues, but monitor his command.


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C.J. Wilson allowed four earned runs on ten hits in five innings against the Blue Jays on Monday. He also walked two and struckout three in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: It wasn't a pretty start for Wilson as his control was lacking and the power hitters for the Jays teed off of him as a result. However, this was only the second time this season that Wilson has allowed more than two runs, and even with this poor outing his ERA is just barely above 3.00. Keep him active in all fantasy formats.


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C.J. Wilson pitched eight innings while picking up the win in yesterday's game. He only gave up two runs on five hits and one walk. C.J. Also struck out six hitters.

Fantasy Impact: C.J. Wilson has looked new and improved this season, and after seven games he's 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA. After struggling last season it looks like Wilson has come back to be a top of the rotation pitcher like he was a couple years back.


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C.J. Wilson gave up nine hits and six earned runs through five and two-thirds innings on Sunday night. He struck out four and walked one. Wilson threw a total of 94 pitches, with 57 for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: The southpaw definitely went way south of his previous performance, which was eight innings of scoreless ball against the Mariners. Last Tuesday looked like a rebound from his 2014 season, but today hopefully was only a tiny, nonrecurring echo. However, Wilson faces the Astros in Houston on Saturday, which may be reason enough to keep him on the bench. After all, a 7.07 ERA last year in three Minute Maid Park might not be worth the heartburn.


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Angels starter C.J. Wilson silenced the Seattle lineup on Tuesday by throwing eight shutout innings with an efficient 96 pitches. The southpaw allowed two hits and one walk with two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: After a 2014 where Wilson tallied a woeful 4.51 ERA and 1.45 WHIP, Angels fans and fantasy players were desperate for this type of performance to kick off 2015. His next start is on Sunday, April 12th against the Royals, a team that has scored 17 runs in their first two games. Maybe weekly league owners should give him a spot on the bench if they are ahead in match-ups that end on Sunday...


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C.J. Wilson pitched three quality innings on March 7th, giving up two hits and striking out two A's batters while walking none. Wilson later said that pitch location was his biggest priority this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson finished 2014 with his highest career ERA and WHIP as a starting pitcher at 4.51 and 1.45, and pitch location was certainly a sizable issue. His strike-to-ball ratio fell from 62% in 2013 to 58% in 2014, increasing his BB/9 to 4.35. Wilson's Swing %, or percent of the time batters swing at pitches, dropped down to 38% after hovering around 42% in 2011-2013. The lefty's pitch mix also radically changed in 2014, as he moved away from his cutter and slider to throw more curveballs and changeups. Wilson will need to improve his control this spring for fantasy players to rely on him beyond spot starts against lineups that struggle against southpaws.


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The Angels are making C.J. Wilson available in trade, potentially aiming for bigger pitching talent like Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, and James Shields, who are available in free agency. (Source: CBC Sports' Jon Heyman)

Fantasy Impact: After a fantastic 2013 campaign, going 17-7 with a 3.39 ERA, Wilson struggled in 2014, going 13-10 with a 4.51 ERA. A fair projection for the 34 year-old is a 12-8 record, pitching about 180 innings with 3.95 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 2015. At this point Wilson is a third or fourth SP. although this could change if he gets traded to a less hitter-friendly division. Wilson's availability should stimulate the pitching market and is a storyline to watch.