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.
No beard, no spin… pic.twitter.com/jduVacBBMA
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) February 8, 2017
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.