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.
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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