Mar 13, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson (38) yells during batting practice before a game against the Chicago Cubs at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Brian Wilson injury-Fantasy Fallout

Bye-Bye Beard. Don’t worry, Brian Wilson hasn’t decided to shave or anything crazy like that, but it will be a while before the eccentric and effective Giants closer returns to the mound.

Wilson is likely headed for surgery on his right throwing elbow after an MRI showed structural damage. He could be in danger of missing the whole season. He already had Tommy John surgery once, so I’ll be interested to hear from our Fantasy Injury Expert Brandon exactly what and how the surgery will take place. The bottom line is, Wilson’s down for a while after leading the majors with 48 saves in 2010 and having 36 last season.

For the second day in a row, a key fantasy baseball player is lost for a considerable amount of time leaving owners scrambling. Jacoby Ellsbury is hoping to return this year, but his injury still will hurt the Red Sox (although his fill-ins did ok today). In San Francisco expect the closing duties to be split between Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo, and even Javier Lopez.

If you’re looking for replacement saves, you would probably be better served looking beyond the Bay area and picking up Hector Santiago (CHW), Alfredo Aceves (Bos), or Fernando Rodney (TB). Wilson’s loss is a tough one to be sure, but there’s saves to be had on the waiver wire.

Stay tuned to our Waiver Wire Weekly and our daily MLB Sleeper Central to catch the latest on the hot players and great pickups to keep your fantasy baseball team rolling all season long no matter what injuries come up.

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