As has been widely reported already, former closer Brian Wilson is in Philadelphia with the Dodgers for the current road trip. Speculation soon erupted that he would be called up today. Instead, he was placed on the mound earlier this afternoon to pitch a simulated game.
He went 1 1/3 innings; facing Dee Gordon, Matt Kemp, Nick Punto and then Kemp again after sitting for a short spell.
There is no word word yet on how he did, but he appeared to give up a couple of hits. Per Kevin Baxter of the LA Times on twitter:
Wilson is done..don't know how to judge him really...faced Gordon, Kemp and Nick Punto. Gordon hit a rope. Punto grounded a single to RF.
— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) August 16, 2013
Tony Jackson writes on twitter:
I didn't see much, but I'm told Kemp's ABs vs Wilson weren't particularly telling either way
— Anthony Jackson (@dodgerscribe) August 16, 2013
Brian Wilson is likely to be called up to the Dodgers soon, so it'll be interesting to find out who gets demoted in his place.
My initial thought was that Dee Gordon would be sent back to Albuquerque, but that is now not possible. The Dodgers announced soon afterwards that Dee is going back to AAA, and Scott Van Slyke has been recalled.
Fortunately, Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo was on hand to capture some photos of this afternoon session. Check out some pics of a bunch of Dodgers taking early batting practice and Brian Wilson pitching right here.
Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013.
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