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Tommy John for Wilson tomorrow, Bochy says Crawford’s thumb is “fine”

Brian Wilson knew it was coming. Now it’s official.

“Wilson’s will have surgery tomorrow. Dr. Andrews will do the surgery. Dr. Okozuki is going to be in there also. So we’re all set to have the surgery done and get that over with,” Bruce Bochy said this afternoon. “Tommy John.”

Dr. Andrews is of course also known as Dr. James Andrews, a name that has become a 3-word phrase synonymous with “at least a year off from pitching.” Dr. Akizuki is Dr. Kenneth Akizuki, the San Francisco Giants’ team doctor.

Bochy had no word on the severity of Wilson’s elbow injury, which ends the 2012 season for the closer with the most saves in baseball since 2008 (164, which is 2 more than Mariano Rivera).

On Sunday, when Wilson let everyone know about his surgical fate, he said he’d like to be a “better teammate,” noting that he’s come to games and be a presence around the team. Bochy didn’t know when he’d rejoin the squad, or if Wilson would undergo the procedure in Pensacola or Birmingham.

— Moving from a season-ending injury to one which won’t require Dr. Andrews, I asked Bochy about the condition of Brandon Crawford’s left thumb, which he sprained at the end of Spring Training.

“He may be getting some maintenance work done on it, but I don’t think a lot of treatment is being done to it. He’s fine, he’s good to go. That’s not an issue,” Bochy said. “I know he made a couple errors last night, but he’s our best shortstop. With Matt out there, I wanted him out there tonight.”

Crawford only made 1 error on Tuesday night, but there were a couple other plays one would normally think he’d come up with. Crawford has committed 4 errors in the Giants’ first 11 games.

— More attention than usual has been focused on Madison Bumgarner this week after he agreed to a lengthy contract extension that could keep him in a Giants uniform through 2019.

I asked Bumgarner about a recent story in Yahoo written by Eric Adelson about Bumgarner’s hometown, which the locals call “Bumtown” due to how many Bumgarners have lived there over the past century.

“I don’t really read articles,” Bumgarner said.

I let him know that it was met with much acclaim yesterday, both among professional writers and fans on Twitter alike. Bumgarner asked me what it was about, and I told him it was about his hometown, and how his father took Adelson to the house where Bumgarner grew up and said a lot of nice things about him (one such thing seen in the story: “Madison’s a great guy,” his dad says. “He’s probably a better person than I am.”).

“He loves to talk,” Bumgarner said.

The phrase “like father, like son” doesn’t apply in this case. Bumgarner’s a friendly and respectful person, but he’s not much of a talker. He’d rather just pitch.

— Tonight marks the first start for Ryan Theriot and Brett Pill since Aug. 12 in Colorado against Jamie Moyer. Little bit of a change tonight, facing Cliff Lee.

— Theriot’s in there for Emmanuel Burriss, who spent a good portion of early batting practice with Tim Flannery, practicing drag bunts to the first base side of the pitcher’s mound off a pitching matchine.

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