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Brian Wilson looks “game ready” during throwing session for Giants

Jul 22, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

World Series Tigers Giants Baseball AP

We heard earlier this month that Brian Wilson was close to auditioning for teams, but the tryouts have apparently already begun.

According to Andrew Baggarly of, Wilson threw a bullpen session today at the University of San Francisco. Giants bullpen catcher Billy Hayes caught Wilson while Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti stood in the batter’s box for most of the session.

Baggarly was told that Wilson “looked impressive and game ready” 15 months removed from Tommy John surgery. It’s estimated that the topped out around 94 mph with his fastball and showed good movement with his cutter. Meanwhile, the Giants didn’t deny that they could have interest in a reunion.

“We want to keep in touch with his progress,” Giants vice president Bobby Evans said. “He’s a Giant through and through. So we want to stay involved.”

According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, Wilson is planning to throw for teams on Thursday in Los Angeles. His return to the majors shouldn’t be far behind.

  1. 4d3fect - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    *fearing the Beard*

    • Caught Looking - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      He’d fit right in with the 2013 version of the Red Sox.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      The beard is played out It had its 15 min of fame ! So has he !

  2. hookersdontsnuggle - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Guy is a clown.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:49 AM

      that’s a clown comment and a clown handle, bro

  3. weaselpuppy - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Helloooooo, Detroit!

    • historiophiliac - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      Please, please, please.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:50 AM

        do not goooooooooo
        oh oh pls pls pls
        do not goooooooooo oh ohh

        You were singing the Violent Femmes, right?

  4. bigdaddy44 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    If he would like to come home to New England, the Sox are desperate for bullpen help. The key right now is if anyone is willing to risk giving him anything more than a short, incentive laden deal, with a team option included. Any more than that and a team would be taking the risk of flushing money down the drain.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      Wouldn’t mind seeing the Phillies take a chance on him.

  5. ChandlerMc - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Hey Ruben! Trade Papelbon and his enormous contract then sign Brian Wilson for much less. I’d rather have a cheap Beard than that expensive set of annoyingly pursed lips.

    • paperlions - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      That would probably require eating some contract….if Papelbon was waived tomorrow, he’d probably pass through waivers unclaimed.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        That’s an interesting thought question – don’t you think the Dodgers might just say – huh? Who’s on the wire? Bang. That’s more how I see that scenario going down.

        Contract can be delicious if you flatten it out with a veal hammer, flour it, dip it in egg and then panko breadcrumbs and fry in olive oil.

  6. joemontanaflaccid - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Pirates could be looking, depending on Grilli status

    • gdobs227 - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Not really. Their MLB pen and AAA pen are in pretty good shape. Lots in internal options.

  7. rcali - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Yeah, I think the beard is played. I like the fact that he’s a whack job though. It adds a little fun.

  8. insidefastball - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    It will be good to see The Beard back on the field.

  9. 11thstreetmafia - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    He’s not a whack job, it’s an act. An act that has worn really thin.

    • bfunk1978 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      True facts.

  10. 6stn - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Wouldn’t It Be Nice if Brian Wilson regained his Good Vibrations. He could have some Fun, Fun, Fun.

  11. bfunk1978 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    If he’s a Giant through and through they would have just signed him assuming he’d be back this year. :p

  12. bleedgreen - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Mr. Wilson, Ruben Amaro Jr on line 1.

  13. deedee2die4 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    If Wilson wants another ring, head to Detroit.

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