Move over Puig Mania. It is time to Fear the Beard. The LA Dodgers have activated Brian Wilson according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Source: #Dodgers to activate Brian Wilson today.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 19, 2013
Wilson has not pitched in the majors since he underwent Tommy John surgery 16 months ago. He faced five hitters in a simulated game this past Friday at Citizens Bank Park and Don Mattingly indicated that Wilson was close.
"Everything's good. Everything's progressing," Wilson told the LA Times. "It's a step, absolutely. Any time I get on the mound it's positive. There's progression."
The 31-year old former Giants closer made four rehab appearances, allowing one baserunner in 4 1/3 innings. Wilson signed a minor-league deal last month with the Dodgers.
This was the second time that Wilson underwent Tommy John surgery, the first time coming in 2003 during his junior year at Louisiana State.
"I went in to it with no expectations because it's an unknown surgery the second time," Wilson said. "Basically I said when I wake up one day and I feel ready, I'll make some phone calls. And that's what happened.
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