Los Angeles Dodgers setup man Brian Wilson has been working hard to make a speedy recovery after being placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 30. After feeling discomfort in his throwing elbow before Sunday’s Opening Day game against the Padres, Wilson went into the game and blew the Dodgers one run lead after giving up three runs and recording no outs. The 32-year-old right-hander is staying focused on his long-term goals despite the injury.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Wilson understands his role in a Dodger uniform and knows he was signed in order to help the team fulfill their future postseason dreams:
I was signed for multiple reasons. For clubhouse, leadership, certain advice to certain pitchers, but most of all I was signed so I could play in October, he said. That’s what this team was built for. That’s the whole reason they signed me last year. It’s the exact reason why they signed me this year.
Because he wants to be the leader and setup man the Dodgers intend for him to be, Wilson is taking his rehab very seriously. Most recently, he pitched a scoreless inning with Rancho Cucamonga on Monday and could return as soon as April 15 when the Dodgers take on the Giants in San Francisco.The right-handed reliever was not able to build up adequate arm strength in the spring which is most likely attributed the team’s condensed spring training.
Amidst the unfortunate scheduling, Wilson still has his eyes on the prize and full-heartedly believes that Dodger fans deserve to be apart of a World Series team via Hernandez:
The fans deserve a World Series here, especially after a couple of down years. Crowd’s just as intense now as I remember it when I was a rookie. It’s nice to see the city come alive and everyone’s really excited for this team. We’d like to tell the city we’re capable of doing it.
As long as Wilson is able to make a speedy recovery, the Dodgers’ championship dreams become more of a reality. Although the relievers have been able to make due with out the bearded setup man, the bullpen could really benefit from the return of a leader like Wilson, who has been on teams that won a World Series.
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