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Don Mattingly is worried about Brian Wilson

May 16, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

Dodgers' Wilson watches the game against the Diamondbacks in the seventh inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Phoenix Reuters

Dodgers right-hander Brian Wilson has a 10.22 ERA this season, allowing 15 runs in 16 appearances while occasionally struggling to crack 90 miles per hour with his once-overpowering fastball.

That’s quite a change from last season, when Wilson returned from Tommy John surgery to throw 13.2 innings with a 0.66 ERA and convinced the Dodgers to re-sign him to a one-year, $10 million deal with an $8.5 million player option for 2015.

All of which is why manager Don Mattingly sounds worried about Wilson when talking to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times:

You couldn’t see the velocity out there. Some of those are 88-89, stuff like that, even less. It does concern us a little bit, but then toward the end of the inning, he’s dialing it up. The other day he comes out, it’s 88-90. By the end of the inning he’s throwing 96. But there are concerns.

When asked if Wilson is injured, Mattingly replied: “He says he’s healthy.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement, especially considering he began the season on the disabled list with an elbow problem.

And that $8.5 million player option is looking like a sure thing to get picked up this offseason.

  1. dluxxx - May 16, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    I’ve been worried about Brian Wilson for years. He was never quite right after the “Bedroom Tapes”.

    • runninggun1024runninggun1024 - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:05 AM

      Give him another 10 million he will get it up another mile ph.

  2. illuminancer - May 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Brian Wilson said he was healthy in 2011. He said the same thing in 2012 until it reached the point where he couldn’t hide it anymore. The Giants made the right call not to re-sign him.

  3. johnnysoda - May 16, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Wouldn’t it Be Nice if he could pitch better?

    • dluxxx - May 16, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Good to see I’m not the only making that inference.

  4. barrywhererufrom - May 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Fear the reduced Velocity..

  5. cohnjusack - May 16, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Funny…$19 million to a guy who had thrown 15 innings the previous two years combined may turn out to be a bad deal? Who could have possibly guessed that would happen?

  6. tbird05 - May 16, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Could be an aerodynamics issue.

  7. apkyletexas - May 16, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    I think Wilson’s $8.5 million is the least of the Dodger’s spending worries going forward. That probably wouldn’t pay for Ned Colletti’s breakfast this morning.

  8. coryfor3 - May 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    I’ve been worried about Brian Wilson for a long time and it has nothing to do with his pitching.

  9. sisqsage - May 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Two TJ surgeries in his past and a stint on the DL already this season. A track record like that is not going to end well. Paying 10 mil this year for a bullpen guy who is not even the team’s closer always seemed like a head scratcher move. Seems like all parties concerned were just “hoping” things would work out. Can’t think of too many pitchers who have made it all of the way back from the myriad of arm issues he’s been through. His bread and butter is the hard cutter, which puts big time strain on the arm. You have to be 100 percent right to make it work.
    Are you being sarcastic in that last sentence or did you mean it is NOT a sure thing to pick up the pricey option for next year?

    • crpls - May 16, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      It’s a sure thing to be picked up because it’s Wilson’s option not the teams.

      • sisqsage - May 16, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        That officially makes the deal even more ridiculous.

  10. gattaga72 - May 16, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    It seems colletii tends to make bad deals!!! Never liked him as a GM. Never never

  11. jimmyt - May 16, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Could try shaving that stupid beard.

  12. thisdamnbox - May 16, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    With the elbow problems he’s had, and the fact that he starts an inning in the high 80s and finishes at 96 I’d say it’s taking a whole lot longer for that old thing to warm up. Maybe they need to grease him up much earlier than normal until that thing is stronger. Or, he can trade the cutter for the knuckleball…and a starting slot someplace…Taiwan?

    • renaado - May 16, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      I’d rather go with Korea, LG Twins played like absolute crap this season. Can’t even believe their current closer is their setup guy.

  13. holographicribs - May 16, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    So glad the Tigers didn’t sign this bum to be their setup man.

  14. weeniss - May 16, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Maybe he’s getting his hand caught in that stupid looking beard, when he pitches….

  15. willis56 - May 16, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    He’s not the only guy from the bullpen Mattingly needs to worry about.
    I don’t recall any injuries to Jensen, and he s***s this year. No faith in this pen to
    hold any kind of lead late in the game.

    • ginfizzbear - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      Jansen is fantastic, although not perfect. You couldn’t be more wildly 100% wrong about him.

  16. 1998yanks - May 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    I am so glad he refused to shave that stupid beard and not go to the Yankees.

  17. doctornature - May 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Jamey Wright. Older than Moses, and wasn’t that good when the Red Sea Parted

    Wilson. Probably a spy for the Giants, a double agent taking money from both sides. He wins no matter if he loses.

    Brandon League. Last year was the closer who tossed gas on the fire. This year pitching better than the closer.

    Jansen. Looking beatable all of a sudden.

    Butera. Un-scored on. Could be the new Jansen if he would quit getting clutch hits lately. His future is on the mound.

    215 Milllion budget, you think the bullpen would not be so vulnerable. Nothing takes the starch out of a team faster than late blown saves.

  18. doctornature - May 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Jensen. Jesus, did it twice.

    Forgot I had Oldzeimers

  19. vincentbojackson - May 16, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    I found this guy’s persona entertaining back when he could play. Now that he can’t, it’s just sort of a tired act.

  20. lincolncityore - May 17, 2014 at 4:24 AM

    I would be worried about his apperance too! Gosh he looks awlful!

  21. 1rdd - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    This, ‘look at me how weird and stupid I am’ player needs to cute his stupid beard off and get back to just pitching the ball or retire.

  22. @Cereal_22 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    What a reckless contract…seriously ?? Coming off TJ he looked good for 13 innings ?? Hilarious

  23. jerryb2339 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    This is what happens when you have an unlimited budget…..you make dumb moves. Eventually the owners will say – hey, this isn’t cute anymore – and Coletti goes

  24. don444 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:01 AM

    Forget his velocity as he should be checked for schizophrenia as far as I’m concerned.

  25. sportsfan18 - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Of course, if I were in Mattingly’s shoes, I’d be worried about the team, front office that decided to give out $18.5 million guaranteed over two years based on 13 innings… with his injury history…

    This is what happens, when one makes these kinds of decisions…

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