The Los Angeles Angels have placed starting pitcher C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list, reports Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. The 33-year-old has suffered a right ankle sprain, according to the L.A. Times‘ Mike DiGiovanna, and will need rest to get back to 100 percent.
On Wednesday, Wilson got beat up in his start against the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing eight hits, three walks and six runs over 3.2 innings. The Angels still won, 8-7, but it was the fourth consecutive start that saw Wilson allow at least seven hits and four runs.
“Naturally, when a pitcher like C.J. goes the wrong way for so long, you’re concerned,” manager Mike Scioscia said after the game.
That concern apparently led the Angels to check out Wilson physically, and they came up with a reason to keep him sidelined for a couple weeks. It’s not totally surprising, as the left-hander was pitching pretty well for Los Angeles earlier this season before the recent issues cropped up.
What is surprising, however, is Wilson having an injury. Since joining the Texas Rangers’ rotation at the beginning of the 2010 season, Wilson has never missed a start, making 153 appearances on the mound without injury. In 2011 and 2012, he tied for the league lead in starts made, and was on pace to do the same again this season.
The ankle injury ends that run of durability, though Wilson may not necessarily mind. That was one of the ugliest stretches of his career, injured or not.
Wilson’s overall numbers this season still don’t look terrible. He’s posted an 8-6 record and 4.33 ERA with 107 strikeouts and 48 walks over 116.1 innings.