Barely a week into the season, the Giants have to deal with an injury that could leave the team without its closer for the rest of 2012.
Brian Wilson has "structural issues" with his right elbow, in the words of manager Bruce Bochy. And, Bochy conceded Saturday afternoon, Wilson "likely ... is heading toward surgery."
The Giants planned to get second and third opinions on the MRI exam Wilson had Friday. But assuming those opinions aren't dramatically different, Wilson appears to be out for the season.
After the Giants scored an unearned run in the ninth to edge Pittsburgh 4-3 on Saturday night, Bochy expressed his appreciation for Wilson.