Brian Wilson isn’t an option to pitch for the Giants this postseason, but he threw yesterday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in April.
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Wilson made 30 tosses from 45 feet at Busch Stadium and said he’s “right where I need to be.”
Wilson plans to toss every three days next month before ramping up his throwing program. Barring any setbacks, he expects to be ready for Opening Day next season, though it’s possible the Giants will ease him back into the closer role.
Wilson earned $8.5 million this season and is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter, but Baggarly writes that the expectation is the two sides will work out a one-year deal.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said on Tuesday that starter Stephen Strasburg is unlikely to pitch in the NLDS against the Dodgers, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Strasburg hasn’t pitched since September 7 due to a strained flexor mass.
Strasburg was pitching well before a few poor starts prior to being shut down in August. He currently holds a 3.60 ERA with a 183/44 K/BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings.
The Nationals signed Strasburg to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension in May. This was obviously not how they invisioned his 2016 campaign going.
Nationals starter A.J. Cole has been fined an undisclosed amount and suspended five games by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang on Sunday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Cole is appealing his suspension.
Kang faked a tag on Bryce Harper, who was coming into third base on a triple. The fake-out caused Harper to slide awkwardly, injuring his left thumb. The Nationals took exception to this and Cole threw a fastball that ended sailing behind Kang’s back during his next at-bat. Cole was ejected and both benches emptied. There was some yelling and some light pushing and shoving, but nothing beyond that.
Cole will remain active until his appeal is heard, which may allow him to make one more start before the end of the regular season. He’s carrying a 5.09 ERA with a 37/14 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings over seven starts this season.