Brian Wilson looks "game ready," will audition for teams Thursday

Free agent Brian Wilson looks "game ready," will audition for teams Thursday

7/23/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Did you forget about former Giants closer Brian Wilson? Yeah, I think a lot of us did. Since undergoing Tommy John surgery after just two appearances in 2012, Wilson - now a free agent - has faced an arduous path to returning to the mound. However, the 31-year-old reliever is now 15 months removed from elbow surgery and worked out Monday with Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti and the team's bullpen catcher, Billy Hayes.
February 19, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson (38) during camp at Scottsdale Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
A source told Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area that Wilson "looked impressive and game ready" at the throwing session. Though his throws were not tracked by a radar gun, Baggarly's source estimated that Wilson topped out at about 94 mph with a cut fastball. The source added that Wilson had "terrific stuff."

Now said to be "game ready," Wilson will host interested teams for a throwing session on Thursday. All signs point to the three-time All-Star latching on somewhere in the near future, being added as a middle reliever to a team's bullpen.

The Giants decided not to offer Wilson a contract after the 2012 season, as he was recovering from the second Tommy John surgery of his career, and guaranteeing him any money would have been very risky. As a result, Wilson is free to sign with whichever team he chooses (of the ones that are actually interested), though that team very well may be the Giants, who could certainly use help in the bullpen.

Wilson could be a valuable piece to a team if he could get somewhere close to his pre-injury form. Wilson was dominant from 2009-11, registering a 2.50 ERA while racking up 122 saves. He led the Majors in saves in 2010.

Wilson will now use Thursday to audition for potentially interested teams and listen to any offers that he may receive in an attempt to find the best situation for himself. Considering the report coming from his session on Monday, Wilson could have a new home within the next week.
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