Dodgers activate RHP Brian Wilson from DL

Dodgers activate RHP Brian Wilson from DL, will take over setup role out of bullpen

8/19/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Dodgers activate RHP Brian Wilson from DLThe long awaited return of formerly dominant closer Brian Wilson may be over by Monday evening. The Los Angeles Dodgers - who signed Wilson back on July 30 - activated the former San Francisco Giants star from the 15-day disabled list on Monday afternoon, meaning he could pitch in the team's Monday night contest against the Miami Marlins.

Wilson was the best closer in the league just three years ago, posting a phenomenal 1.81 ERA while leading the Majors with 48 saves. He posted less impressive numbers the following season (3.11 ERA, 36 saves), but was still named to the All-Star team. In 2012, pitched just two innings before undergoing Tommy John surgery that has held him out until this month.

Through 4.1 innings in the minors, Wilson has been dominant, not allowing a single run. The way he looks so far, he could return to being a force out of the bullpen despite coming off major surgery at the age of 31.

The Dodgers have a formidable closer in Kenley Jansen (2.04 ERA, 19 saves), so they will not need Wilson to take over the ninth inning role, as he was once accustomed to. Rather, Wilson will serve as a setup man, another role that can make or break a bullpen.

For those of you wondering - yes, Wilson still has the beard. He's worth an add in fantasy leagues that count holds as a statistic, and it will be fun to watch him if he can pick up where he left off before surgery.
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