The second half of the 2013 MLB season isn’t exactly starting off the way Philadelphia Phillies fans had hoped. After working their way up to .500 just before the All-Star break, the Phil’s have managed to drop three of their last four games.
Earlier this month, veteran reliever Brian Wilson who was non-tendered by the San Francisco Giants after last season, was spotted working out in Hawaii, per a tweet from ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.
Now Wilson has returned to the mainland, where he worked out Monday at the University of San Francisco with Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti in attendance, reports Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News. Wilson has 171 saves on his resume, but remains a questionable commodity due to elbow issues that required a second Tommy John surgery and limited him to just two appearances since 2012.
While the Giants are set at closer, that doesn’t exclude them from testing the market for bullpen help, especially after Jeremy Affeldt landed on the disabled list with a groin injury last weekend.
Other teams are looking at Wilson as well. David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News says the Phillies will watch Wilson Thursday at a workout in Los Angeles. Whether anything of material will develop from this is yet to be seen. But the Phil’s need to approach this with a watchful eye. If healthy and no further complications with his elbow following his second procedure, Wilson could be a great addition. But if this becomes an extended injury that could evenly potentially limit his playing time, it might be best to just walk away.