Former Giants’ closer Brian Wilson had a tryout with the Mets in January, but things have been pretty quiet since. There’s a reason for that.
According to CBS Sports’ Scott Miller, Wilson prefers not to audition for clubs until he is 100 percent recovered from Tommy John surgery. While he is currently throwing bullpen sessions, he’s estimated to be around “80 to 85 percent.” As a result, it’s unlikely he’ll sign with a team until several weeks into the season.
Wilson made just two appearances last season prior to hurting his elbow and is a little under 11 months removed from the procedure. Considering that it was the second Tommy John surgery of his career, there’s no reason to push it. The Giants haven’t ruled out bringing Wilson back, but there might be a more realistic chance for him to save games with a team like the Tigers, who are reportedly monitoring the market for closers.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: