UPDATE: It’s official. Brian Wilson has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and will be available in the Dodgers’ bullpen tonight against the Marlins.
2:04 PM: Sixteen months after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery Brian Wilson is back in the big leagues, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Dodgers will activate the former Giants closer today.
Wilson signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Dodgers on July 30 and appeared in four minor-league games, tossing 4.1 scoreless innings with a .071 opponents’ batting average and 3/0 K/BB ratio.
Several reports had Wilson throwing in the low-90s, which is not at the level he was before going under the knife but is certainly enough velocity to get the job done if his command is decent. He’ll likely ease into a setup role ahead of closer Kenley Jansen.
Following the Astros’ decisive 4-0 shutout over the Yankees on Saturday night, Justin Verlander was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series. Hall of Fame outfielder and former MLB manager Frank Robinson handed the award to Verlander, who was beaming as he thanked his teammates and members of the Astros’ organization.
“I’ve got to say, it came down to the wire, and one thing kept going off in my head was Dallas,” Verlander told the crowd gathered at Minute Maid Park. “When he called me, he said that I won’t regret my decision to join the Houston Astros. And here we are right now, it’s the best feeling in the world. We’ve got four more wins to win a World Series, and I do not regret my decision to come here. This is the best feeling a player can have. So, thank you.”
Among a cast that boasted the likes of Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Dallas Keuchel, among others, Verlander was spectacular. He locked down a complete game win in Game 2, holding the Yankees to one run on five hits and a walk and striking out a postseason-high 13 batters. In Game 6, he saved the Astros from elimination with seven scoreless innings, helping propel the club to their eventual 7-1 finish that set up their series-clinching finale on Saturday.
The 34-year-old righty also took his place among some postseason greats. Thanks to an eight-strikeout outing on Friday night, his collective 136 postseason strikeouts are good for sixth-most in MLB playoff history, just a smidgen shy of Tom Glavine (143), Mike Mussina (145), Roger Clemens (173), Andy Pettitte (183) and John Smoltz (199). He also joined Bob Gibson, Curt Schilling and Sandy Koufax as one of just four hurlers to strike out 20+ Yankees in a postseason series.