Newly signed Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson finally made his long awaited return to a big league mound, at Single-A no less and pitched a scoreless inning.
Signed to help out the suddenly improving bullpen, Wilson has gone through two Tommy John surgeries and he turned down other offers to sign with the Dodgers.
Mark Saxson of ESPNLA.com first reported how Wilson looked in his long awaited debut:
Brian Wilson needs just eight pitches to get through his inning. He threw sliders and fastballs. Topped out at 91 mph.
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) August 8, 2013
Pretty impressive first outing for Wilson as the Dodgers have made it known that Wilson could pitch in either the seventh or eighth inning to get the ball to closer Kenley Jansen.
Reliever Brandon League was pitching really well until a hiccup last night, but adding another reliever to the mix could spell the end of the Carlos Marmol experiment.
As for where Wilson is headed next, Ryan Walton of Valleybaynews.com reported he’ll be heading to Albuquerque:
Brian Wilson said he will go to triple A tomorrow most likely. #Dodgers
— Ryan Walton (@RyanWaltonMLB) August 8, 2013
It sounds like tonight’s appearance was to just get him familiar with pitching to live hitters and he’ll likely be activated in about a week, just like management projected.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out the latest on Matt Kemp’s ankle injury.