SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Ever the optimist with his bold personality and bushy black beard, Giants closer Brian Wilson deemed himself ahead of schedule in his recovery from a second Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery and insists he plans to be ready for opening day 2012.
That would be defying the odds for a surgery that typically has a recovery time of 18 months to two years -- and can be a much more difficult or longer process when it's done twice on the same arm. Still, Wilson is trying to be patient. He planned to ride a stationary bike Wednesday for the first time since his April 19 surgery, performed in Florida by Dr. James Andrews.
A ligament from his leg was used in his elbow, so Wilson has to be careful.