Before the Dodgers took on the Giants on Jackie Robinson day they announced that Brian Wilson is coming off the DL and will be in the bullpen for the game.
LA needed to make a decision of which reliever would be sent down to AAA Albuquerque with the likely options being Jamey Wright (0-0 4.05ERA), Paco Rodriguez (0-0 3.18ERA), Chris Withrow (0-0 0.00ERA) or they would have to waive Brandon League for $13M.
Don Mattingly ended up going with Paco Rodriguez as their choice for the puzzle but in the press confrence about the decision Mattingly said, “We will be seeing Paco pitch again very shortly.” This can give us some hope that the team are thinking of waiving League or sending down Wright perhaps.
Wilson hasn’t been all that impressive in the 2 games he has pitched. He has combined for 1IP with an 18.00ERA and a blown save opportunity. He has also given up 2 hits for 2ER and on homerun in this time. Brian should hit his straps soon however as the inflamed nerves should have settled down.
Paco is also in an option year for himself after his $512,000 contract is set to expire after the 2014 season. One would think he will have to be back in the first team’s line up if he chooses to stay.