Update: Brian Wilson was not activated Sunday as he was expected to be but the roster move is coming soon. Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti spoke briefly about the situation to Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sunday. The Dodgers will head to Miami after Philadelphia for a four-game series with the Marlins.
Ned Colletti GM of LAD - just told us Brian Wilson will be activated in the next day or two @MLBNetworkRadio— Jim Duquette (@Jim_Duquette) August 18, 2013
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson appears to be close to returning to the big league diamond. According to multiple sources, the former San Francisco Giant is expected to be activated Sunday after successfully throwing the equivalent of 1.1 innings in a simulated game on Friday. Wilson threw to Dee Gordon, Nick Punto and Matt Kemp (twice). He wore number 00.
Brian Wilson has thrown 3 1/3 scoreless innings in the minor leagues, so expect him to be called up to the #Dodgers as early as this week.— MLB Trade Talk (@TradeTalkMLB) August 14, 2013
Wilson has been solid in his recent minor league appearances, throwing 3.1 scoreless innings.
Brian Wilson, on Prime Ticket pregame show: "I'm just honored to put on stretchy pants again."— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) August 16, 2013
The Dodgers are hoping Wilson can add to a bullpen that has been very dominant recently. In July, Dodgers relievers led the National League with a 2.52 ERA and have become even more dangerous in August with a 1.97 ERA, according to ESPN stats.
Wilson was signed to a one-year, $1 million contract last month. He has not pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Manager Don Mattingly and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt watched Wilson's simulated game. Mattingly compared what he saw Friday to Wilson's time with San Francisco and said, "He looks pretty much the same (as he did with the Giants)," according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Wilson is a former All-Star closer with a career that includes 171 saves and an ERA of 3.21. His best season was 2010 where he posted a 1.81 ERA, recorded 48 saves and won a World Series ring.
His experience in pressure moments in big games will be extremely valuable to the Dodgers down the stretch. And if you are unfamiliar with Wilson's personality...
"I feel pretty tasty right now. I am blessed to be where I am." -@BrianWilson38 on wearing Dodger blue.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 16, 2013
"Instead of getting booed, now I'm going to get ooed." -@BrianWilson38 on why he chose the No. 00.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 16, 2013
...he certainly is a character.