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Brian Wilson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 3/16/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have shown interest in free agent Brian Wilson.
Wilson is trying to make a comeback as a knuckleballer, and the cash-strapped Rays are typically open to experiments. Wilson, who turns 35 years old next month, has not appeared in a major league game since 2014. He also no longer has a beard. The right-hander will almost certainly have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract wherever he lands for the 2017 season. Thu, Feb 16, 2017 10:28:00 AM

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Brian Wilson is hoping to pitch again as a knuckleballer.

This is exactly as odd as it sounds. Wilson -- who once consistently sat his fastball in the mid-to-high 90's -- has not pitched in the majors since 2014. He tinkered with a knuckleball on the side during his big-league career, though, and has been honing the pitch in the interim. On Wednesday, he threw a 30-pitch bullpen mostly consisting of knuckleballs and within the last month, he has thrown for "at least two teams," according to Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown. Wilson turns 35 in March. It's a longshot that he makes a major league bullpen via his flutterball prowess, but late career renaissances with the pitch are not impossible. Look no further than R.A. Dickey, who only began throwing it when he was in the vicinity of 30 years old.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 05:56:00 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that Brian Wilson is working out and soon will begin throwing with an eye on returning to the majors in 2016.

Wilson, 33, was released by the Dodgers last winter and never caught on with anyone else (though he still collected a $9.5 million paycheck). The former Giants closer put up a 4.66 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 54/29 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings in 2014 and figures to have to settle for a minor league contract over the offseason.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 09:21:00 PM

Dodgers released RHP Brian Wilson.

The 32-year-old bearded one was terrific in limited duty for the Dodgers in 2013 but registered a troublesome 4.66 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 54/29 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings in 2014. He should should attract interest from team's in need of bullpen help, though his days of closing out games are likely over.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 09:25:00 PM

Dodgers designated RHP Brian Wilson for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Brandon McCarthy on the 40-man roster. Wilson exercised his $9.5 million player option for 2015 back in November, but the new Dodgers front office is prepared to eat his salary in order to turn the page. The 32-year-old had a mediocre 4.66 ERA and 54/29 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings this past season.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 02:55:00 PM

Brian Wilson exercised his $9.5 million player option for 2015.

Wilson would have been insane to decline and test his luck in free agency, so this was an easy decision. The 32-year-old had a mediocre 4.66 ERA and 54/29 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings this past season.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 04:52:00 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, Brian Wilson has informed the Dodgers that he will exercise his player option for 2015.

It's not a big surprise, as the one-year, $10 million deal that Wilson signed with the Dodgers last winter reportedly included an $9.5 player option for 2015. He wouldn't be able to fetch on the open market after posting a mediocre 4.66 ERA and 54/29 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings this season, so he has understandably decided to stick around.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 11:35:00 AM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly admits to being concerned about the struggling Brian Wilson but says the reliever insists he's healthy.

"I don’t think we’re there," Mattingly said. "He tells Stan [Conte, head trainer] and all our guys -- we check with him all the time -- that he’s fine. He says he’s healthy." Wilson holds a 10.22 ERA and 2.43 WHIP over 16 appearances this season and has on occasion struggled to reach 90 mph on the radar gun. He was on the DL last month with an elbow issue, so you've got to wonder whether he's in fact healthy as he claims to be.
Fri, May 16, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Brian Wilson declared Friday that his elbow feels fine and that he's just not in sync at the moment.

The 32-year-old hurler has posted an uninspiring 15.75 ERA, 3.00 WHIP and 4/4 K/BB ratio through his first four innings of work on the season. Chris Perez appears to have surpassed him as the primary setup man, and should be considered the handcuff to Kenley Jansen at the moment.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 06:56:00 PM

Dodgers activated RHP Brian Wilson from the 15-day disabled list.

Wilson made a couple rehab appearances and had no issues with the nerve irritation in his right elbow. He'll resume a setup role ahead of Kenley Jansen.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 08:25:00 PM

Brian Wilson (elbow) said Sunday that he's ready to rejoin the Dodgers' bullpen.

Wilson threw a few simulated games and made a couple rehab appearances for High-A Rancho Cucamonga, and he evidently thinks that's enough. "Those were the five outings I needed," Wilson said. He should be activated from the DL on Tuesday when first eligible.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 02:57:00 PM

Brian Wilson (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday.

Wilson was just placed on the DL Wednesday, but he threw a bullpen session Friday and is now ready to test things out in a game. As long as the nerve irritation in his elbow doesn't act up again, it sounds like he should be activation in mid-April when eligible.
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 12:57:00 PM

Dodgers placed RHP Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with nerve irritation in his right elbow.

An MRI revealed no ligament damage, but it's not clear how long the reliever will be sidelined. The Dodgers first began worrying about Wilson's health during a March 10 Cactus League game and the concern intensified after he failed to record an out during Sunday's appearance versus the Padres. Wilson has undergone two Tommy John surgeries in his career, but it doesn't sound like an operation will be required here. Chris Perez figures to be next in line for saves behind Kenley Jansen while Wilson is out.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 10:38:00 PM

Ken Gurnick of reports that Brian Wilson could be dealing with an injury.

Gurnick notes that Wilson's health "has been a cause of concern" since a spring training game on March 10 when he threw a pitch that caused pitching coach Rick Honeycutt to worry. He adds that Wilson "didn't look right" during Sunday's appearance when he allowed all five runners he faced to reach base. The reliever was not present on the field during batting practice prior to Tuesday's game, heightening the concern. The Dodgers should provide an update on Wilson's status later Tuesday.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 08:18:00 PM

Brian Wilson took the loss in Sunday’s domestic season opener against the Padres, as he was unable to protect a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning.

The veteran reliever was greeted by a game-tying homer off the bat of Seth Smith, and the wheels fell off the train shortly afterwards. Yasmani Grandal pinch-hit and drew a walk, then Everth Cabrera reached on an error. Both would come around to score on a base hit by Chris Denofria, and Chase Headley would reach on an error before Wilson was mercifully removed without recording an out. He’s still second in line for saves in the Dodgers bullpen, but this outing didn’t inspire confidence.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 11:04:00 PM

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