Brian Wilson’s journey back to the Major Leagues could take a big step forward in August, when he could “audition” for scouts, as Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
Teams aware that Brian Wilson could audition for scouts around Aug. 1. He’s been working out in Hawaii.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 9, 2013
That’s a good sign for Wilson, who has now undergone two Tommy John surgeries in his career. The three-time All-Star last pitched on April 12, 2012 against the Colorado Rockies. He had pain in his right elbow during that appearance, and a few days later, an MRI revealed structural damage in his elbow along with a ligament issue.
The rest was history from there, as he went on to have his second Tommy John surgery on April 19.
Wilson worked out for the New York Mets in January, and that didn’t go well. They came away unimpressed, as a source told Mike Puma of the New York Post that he physically wasn’t ready.
Wilson hasn’t worked out publicly since, sticking to his word that he wouldn’t work out until he’s 100 percent healthy. If he’s healthy in August, the former closer could be a nice low-risk, high-reward pickup for a contender. It’s vastly premature to speculate, though.
Wilson led the National League with 48 saves in 2010, a year in which he compiled a 1.81 ERA and pitched the Giants to the World Series.
The popular closer owns a career 3.21 ERA in seven years at the Major League level.