The glaring weakness for the Dodgers most of the season has been the bullpen, but in recent weeks, the unit has been lights out recording 17 shutout innings at one point.
While they didn’t make a move at the deadline to acquire a reliever, they signed former Giants closer Brian Wilson to a contract as he recovered from Tommy John surgery.
During his time in the minor leagues, Wilson tossed scoreless innings each time out and threw a simulated game yesterday in Philadelphia.
However, Don Mattingly continues to be mum about when Wilson will be activated according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com:
Don Mattingly remained non-committal on when Brian Wilson will be activated. Wilson was fine after Friday’s sim game.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 17, 2013
Wilson faced four hitters yesterday in 1.1 innings as his fastball is registering more in the low 90’s. The Dodgers sent down Dee Gordon as he was the likely candidate to go down once they decided to activate Wilson.
While there doesn’t seem to be a timeframe for his activation, it doesn’t sound like Wilson will throw another simulated game according to David Vassegh of AM 570 Radio:
Mattingly said there will be no more sim games for Wilson
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) August 17, 2013
The roles seem to have been decided in the Dodgers bullpen, but adding Wilson to the mix should give Mattingly another option late in the game or if closer Kenley Jansen has been overworked.
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