While manager Don Mattingly has been mum about Brian Wilson’s activation, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti shed some light on the situation.
Wilson was impressive during his time in the minor leagues and met the team in Philadelphia at the start of the weekend. However, Mattingly and the coaching staff wanted to see Wilson throw to major league hitters and he had a simulated game on Friday afternoon.
He retired the four batters he saw and it was assumed that was the last step towards an activation in Philadelphia. Coletti was on with Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette from Sirius XM this morning and set the record straight:
— Jim Duquette (@Jim_Duquette) August 18, 2013
After the Dodgers sent down Dee Gordon, the likely candidate to go is reliever Chris Withrow, since he can still be sent to the minor leagues.
Carlos Marmol was once a candidate, but he’s shown signs of life after 6.1 innings scoreless. It sounds like Wilson will be activated once the Dodgers head to Miami and he’ll provide great experience for the back end of the bullpen.
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