We heard earlier this month that Brian Wilson was close to auditioning for teams, but the tryouts have apparently already begun.
According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Wilson threw a bullpen session today at the University of San Francisco. Giants bullpen catcher Billy Hayes caught Wilson while Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti stood in the batter’s box for most of the session.
Baggarly was told that Wilson “looked impressive and game ready” 15 months removed from Tommy John surgery. It’s estimated that the topped out around 94 mph with his fastball and showed good movement with his cutter. Meanwhile, the Giants didn’t deny that they could have interest in a reunion.
“We want to keep in touch with his progress,” Giants vice president Bobby Evans said. “He’s a Giant through and through. So we want to stay involved.”
According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, Wilson is planning to throw for teams on Thursday in Los Angeles. His return to the majors shouldn’t be far behind.
Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Padres have announced that interim manager Pat Murphy won’t return as the team’s manager in 2016. Haudricourt adds that Brewres manager Craig Counsell tried to get Murphy on his staff, and says to look for Murphy to join the Brewers for the 2016 season.
Murphy led the Padres to a 42-53 record after Bud Black was fired in June. He had previously managed for two years with Single-A Eugene in 2011-12, and at Triple-A Tucson and El Paso in 2013-14.
Former major leaguer Phil Nevin is a candidate for the Padres’ vacant managing position, according to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report.
With a 6-1 win over the Twins in Sunday’s season finale, the Royals clinched the best record in the American League, which nets them home field advantage in the ALDS and ALCS. The Royals stand at 95-67 while the Blue Jays, who lost on Sunday, finish at 93-69.
95-67 is the Royals’ best record since finishing 97-65 in 1980, when they lost the World Series to the Phillies. Their division title is their first since 1985.
In the ALDS, which starts on Thursday, the Royals will host the winner of the AL Wild Card game between the Astros and Yankees. They are looking to avenge last year’s World Series loss, in seven games, to the Giants. The Blue Jays will host the Rangers in the other ALDS series.