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Dodgers News: Brian Wilson Attempts Comeback As Knuckleballer

Giants-turned-Dodgers relievers are in the news. In this edition, Brian Wilson wants to return to the MLB as a knuckleballer – and more importantly, has dropped the signature beard.

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports Wilson is eyeing a comeback.

The 34-year-old threw a 30-minute bullpen session Wednesday at USC, according to Brown. He added Wilson has thrown for “at least” two teams recently.

Wilson is nearly 2 ½ years removed from his last professional pitch, thrown for the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of the 2014 season, when they released him in spite of owing him $9.5 million for 2015. He continued to throw while also taking on real estate projects in Los Angeles, content in a career that spanned nine seasons and netted 172 saves, three All-Star appearances and two World Series titles, mostly with the San Francisco Giants.

Brown said Wilson’s new knuckleball makeover probably makes him a starter, if he gets the chance. Wilson hasn’t started a game in the pros, but a successful transition into a knuckleballer could extend – or revive – his career.

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Gabe Burns

Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

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