The Dodgers bullpen had their 17 inning scoreless streak snapped last night, but overall, they’ve been a huge key to the Dodgers 39-8 and 7.5 game lead in the NL West.
While Brandon League was removed from the closer’s role, Kenley Jansen has been dominate while Paco Rodriguez, Ronald Belisario and J.P. Howell among others have been lights out.
However, former Giants closer Brian Wilson lingers at Triple A and according to Austin Laymance of Dodgers.com, the Dodgers are happy where he is in his recovery:
He’s been doing good. I think everybody is happy, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday. I think we’re going in the right direction.
Wilson had another scoreless outing as the Dodgers changed their plans to have him throw on consecutive days, but rather have him throw consecutive innings instead.
Last night, he got the last out in the seventh inning and allowed his first hit in the eighth, but managed to get out of it with just 21 pitches thrown. While he’s been consistently hitting the low-to-mid 90’s on his fastball, the experience that Wilson can bring to the bullpen will be beneficial to the Dodgers success this season.
It sounds like the plan is for Wilson to make another appearance and after that, he could join the Dodgers on their seven-game road trip through Philadelphia and Miami.
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