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.
Major League Baseball just announced that it has approved a roster substitution for the Milwaukee Brewers due to the ankle injury sustained by Gio Gonzalez: right-handed pitcher Zach Davies will take his place. In accordance with league rules, Gonzalez will be ineligible to return if the Brewers make it to the World Series.
That rule is designed to prevent roster gamesmanship such as having a pitcher fake an injury after he’s done being used in an effort to give a team a fresh arm in a short series. A second layer on that is an independent consult with the league, which may approve or disapprove the request based on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. In this case, Dr. Gary Green, MLB’s Medical Director, confirmed Gonzalez’s injury after communicating with the Brewers’ evaluating physician. Not that anyone can really suggest that Gonzalez was faking. The dude’s ankle went sideways.
That being said, this is a benefit to the Brewers at least for the short term. Davies did not have a fantastic season, going 2-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 13 starts and failing to make the Brewers’ initial postseason roster, but he is fresh — he hasn’t pitched since September 28 — which could prove very useful for Craig Counsell and the Brewers after last night’s 13-inning game.