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Justin Wilson | Relief Pitcher | #38

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/18/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 203
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Fresno State
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (0) / PIT
Contract: view contract details
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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Justin Wilson will serve as the team's set-up man.
Wilson is a logical choice given the alternatives in this bullpen, though playing the matchups could make more sense. The 29-year-old southpaw filled in for Francisco Rodriguez to notch a save Saturday against the Red Sox. He's coming off a 4.14 ERA and 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings in 2016. The newly-promoted Joe Jimenez could quickly earn his way to late-inning duties, but Wilson is the handcuff for K-Rod for now. Apr 10 - 11:24 AM

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Justin Wilson worked a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts on Saturday, protecting a three-run advantage to earn his first save of the season.

Francisco Rodriguez was used for multiple innings on Friday and was unavailable for this one, so Tigers' skipper Brad Ausmus turned to Wilson to get the job done. The setup corps for the Tigers looks to be in flux so it's anyone's guess who should be the handcuff for Rodriguez owners, but Wilson is as good of a bet as any.
Apr 8 - 6:35 PM

Justin Wilson (hamstring) threw a bullpen session Friday.

Wilson has dealt with right hamstring soreness this week, but it appears he's over it. He'll again be a setup man for the Tigers this season.
Mar 3 - 1:04 PM

Justin Wilson (hamstring) is still not throwing off a mound yet.

Wilson has been battling a sore right hamstring for a few days and remains limited to flat-ground throwing. The left-handed reliever is day-to-day.
Mar 3 - 11:18 AM

Justin Wilson continued to feel tightness in his sore right hamstring during Wednesday's side session.

Wilson was scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League contest against the Nationals due to a sore right hamstring. The hope was that his injury would respond well to a side session, but it continues to bother the 29-year-old reliever. He is going to be shut down for several days before he throws again.
Mar 1 - 4:41 PM

Justin Wilson is dealing with mild right hamstring soreness.

It doesn't sound like a major concern, but the Tigers are being careful with him. He's going to throw a side session rather than pitch in a game. The southpaw won't need much work to get ready for the season.
Mar 1 - 10:26 AM

Tigers and LHP Justin Wilson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.7 million contract.

It was Wilson's second year of arbitration eligibility. He'll set up again for the Tigers in 2017 but could be traded before the deadline.
Jan 13 - 2:40 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Cubs "appear to have moved on" from trade talks involving Tigers reliever Justin Wilson.

Nightengale hears the two sides have been "unable to find a match," and Wilson is drawing enough interest from other teams that the Tigers can probably close that book. The 29-year-old left-hander posted a disappointing 4.14 ERA in 2016, but it came with a 65/17 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings and he put up a 3.10 ERA in 2015. Houston could be a match here. There's also said to be intrigue from the Marlins and Rangers.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 11:55:00 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Astros have talked to the Tigers about reliever Justin Wilson.

Add them to a long list which includes the likes of the Cubs, Marlins, and Rangers. Wilson posted a rather pedestrian 4.14 ERA this past season, but he struck out 65 batters in 58 2/3 innings and he's just a year removed from a 3.10 ERA. The southpaw will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 02:03:00 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Cubs have been in contact with the Tigers about reliever Justin Wilson.

There's also been interest from the Marlins, Rangers, and a number of other major league clubs. Morosi even reported earlier this month that Wilson has "received perhaps the largest number of inquiries" of the Tigers' trade chips -- more than guys like J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera. The 29-year-old southpaw registered a 4.14 ERA and 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings out of the Detroit bullpen in 2016. He had a 3.10 ERA in 2015.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 01:03:00 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers got in touch with the Marlins to gauge their interest in reliever Justin Wilson.

It's unclear if the Marlins were receptive, but the Marlins could consider multiple avenues if they miss out on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. Wilson earned $1.525 million this past season while posting a 4.14 ERA and 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings. He's reportedly been a popular name in trade talks.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 04:00:00 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have talked to the Tigers about the availability of Justin Wilson.

It's not a big surprise, as MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported late last week that Wilson has "received perhaps the largest number of inquiries" among the Tigers' trade candidates. The 29-year-old southpaw posted a mediocre 4.14 ERA while allowing a career-high six home runs in 2016, but his 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings shows why teams are targeting him. He earned $1.525 million in 2016 and will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 12:11:00 PM

Justin Wilson has "received perhaps the largest number of inquiries" of the Tigers' trade candidates, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

You'd think J.D. Martinez or Miguel Cabrera would be more popular, but pretty much every team needs left-handed relief help. Wilson struggled with the Tigers in 2016, but he owns a sharp 3.28 career ERA and 258 strikeouts in 258 major league innings. The 29-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the second time after earning $1.525 million this past season.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 03:11:00 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Justin Wilson recently received a cortisone injection for a nerve issue in his elbow.

Wilson is expected to be available to pitch Monday, so it doesn't sound like a major concern. The 28-year-old owns a 4.53 ERA and 51/7 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings this season.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 04:34:00 PM

Justin Wilson earned his first career save in the Tigers' defeat of the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Francisco Rodriguez had the day off after going an inning on Tuesday and 1 1/3 innings on Monday. Wilson retired Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz, and Jackie Bradley Jr. in order to make Miguel Cabrera's go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth inning fully stick. The left-hander holds a 3.46 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 47/6 K/BB ratio over 39 innings this season for Detroit.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 04:50:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1JaCoby Jones
2Andrew Romine
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Mikie Mahtook
4Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Matt Boyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Shane Greene
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Kyle Ryan
6Anibal Sanchez
7Daniel Stumpf
8Blaine Hardy
9Joe Jimenez