After agreeing to a reported one-year, $1 million contract with the Dodgers last week, former Giants closer Brian Wilson is ready to get tuned up for a return to the majors.
According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Wilson will pitch with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday. It’s technically the start of a minor league rehab assignment for the bearded reliever, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last April.
If all goes well, Wilson will spend around two weeks in the minors before joining the Dodgers’ bullpen. He’ll likely be used in a set-up role in front of closer Kenley Jansen once he’s ready to go. In case you were curious, the Dodgers are slated to make one final trip to San Francisco this year, from September 24-26.
Free agent reliever Sean Burnett signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins on Saturday. Per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the left-hander is slated to begin the season in extended spring training and will work toward a role in the majors.
Burnett, 35, has not appeared in full-time role in MLB since 2012. He last pitched for a big league team in 2016, surfacing for 5 2/3 innings with the Nationals before returning to the minors. Despite signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies last spring, he failed to make the Opening Day roster and was released prior to the start of the season.
Complicating Burnett’s return is a slew of chronic elbow issues. The left-hander has dealt with everything from bone spurs to a torn UCL over the last six years, and will need to take things slowly in the minors before the Marlins consider adding him to the bullpen this season.