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Brian Wilson not expected to sign with a team prior to Opening Day

Mar 6, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

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Former Giants’ closer Brian Wilson had a tryout with the Mets in January, but things have been pretty quiet since. There’s a reason for that.

According to CBS Sports’ Scott Miller, Wilson prefers not to audition for clubs until he is 100 percent recovered from Tommy John surgery. While he is currently throwing bullpen sessions, he’s estimated to be around “80 to 85 percent.” As a result, it’s unlikely he’ll sign with a team until several weeks into the season.

Wilson made just two appearances last season prior to hurting his elbow and is a little under 11 months removed from the procedure. Considering that it was the second Tommy John surgery of his career, there’s no reason to push it. The Giants haven’t ruled out bringing Wilson back, but there might be a more realistic chance for him to save games with a team like the Tigers, who are reportedly monitoring the market for closers.

  1. taktrevor - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Wish him the best. MLB is better with good characters to watch

  2. historiophiliac - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Anticipation…

    • historiophiliac - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      Oh, and about time you got on board w/ the Tigers coverage, DJ. Thanks for the mention. <3

  3. Minoring In Baseball - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Yes…Tigers! The bullpen can’t be too deep.
    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

  4. 11thstreetmafia - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    This guy is a clown and obviously a juicer.when I hear his name, the, Benny Hill music goes off in my head. He’s was, yes, was a terrific pitcher but insists on trying to be known for being Eccentric. He tries WAY too hard. Just play baseball young man. Eric Gagne will be waiting for you somewhere when you are done.

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