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Comeback complete: Dodgers activate Brian Wilson

Aug 19, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

Brian Wilson AP

UPDATE: It’s official. Brian Wilson has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and will be available in the Dodgers’ bullpen tonight against the Marlins.

2:04 PM: Sixteen months after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery Brian Wilson is back in the big leagues, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Dodgers will activate the former Giants closer today.

Wilson signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Dodgers on July 30 and appeared in four minor-league games, tossing 4.1 scoreless innings with a .071 opponents’ batting average and 3/0 K/BB ratio.

Several reports had Wilson throwing in the low-90s, which is not at the level he was before going under the knife but is certainly enough velocity to get the job done if his command is decent. He’ll likely ease into a setup role ahead of closer Kenley Jansen.

  1. tbroome81 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Don’t worry, his beard more than makes up for the drop off in speed from his fastball.

  2. stevequinn - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Hope LA makes him shave that horrendous beard.

    • 1historian - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:30 AM

      it’s fake – he takes it off when he leaves the stadium and goes out to play bass and sing for the Beach Boys.

  3. notsofast10 - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    This will make the Dodgers even a bit more entertaining than they are right now! It will be tough to knock out Belasario and Paco Rodruquiz out of the set up role but if he does, the Bullpen will be nails!

  4. madhatternalice - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Yeah, but can you imagine in the Bullpen were Nailz?

    • madhatternalice - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Never mind. HTML fail.

  5. ramrene - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Pitching reinforcements on the way!

    Soon, Kemp will add to the hitting reinforcements.

    Go Big Blue!

  6. decimusprime - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    I love this pick up. If he is half as good as he was before surgery, this was a great move.

    A wise man once said “You haven’t lived until you’ve woken up and combed your beard.”

    Go Blue!

    • 1historian - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:32 AM

      This ‘wise man’ – who he?

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