Brian Wilson officially began his Dodgers career last night with a scoreless inning at Single-A, retiring all three batters he faced in his first game action since Tommy John elbow surgery last year.
Wilson struck out one batter and threw eight total pitches, with Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reporting that he topped out at 91 miles per hour with his fastball. Prior to the elbow injury Wilson typically averaged 94-95 miles per hour with his fastball.
When asked about his timetable for getting back to the majors Wilson indicated that he expects to make at least a half-dozen more appearances in the minors.
The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.
After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.
Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.
Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:
In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?