Brian Wilson signing working out well

September, 22, 2013
9/22/13
12:36
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SAN DIEGO – Shortly after the Los Angeles Dodgers signed former All-Star closer Brian Wilson, manager Don Mattingly watched Wilson pitch a simulated game in Philadelphia. The Dodgers recorded Wilson’s fastball in the 86 mph range.

“That scared me a little,” Mattingly said.

But in relatively short order, Wilson, who is coming off the second Tommy John elbow surgery of his career, has worked into mid-90s velocity, a few miles per hour off his previous range. And, in relatively short order, he has worked his way into an eighth-inning role, supplanting struggling reliever Ronald Belisario as the primary right-handed setup man.

Wilson, who dominated San Diego Padres hitters in the ninth inning of a 4-0 win Saturday, has allowed just one run in 11 1/3 innings with the Dodgers. Only one of the 11 runners he has inherited has scored.

Tuesday could bring another new experience for Wilson: Pitching in San Francisco as a visiting player. The San Francisco Giants declined to tender him a contract last December, in the midst of his rehabilitation, and Wilson signed with the Dodgers in July.

Mattingly said he expects there to be a mix of boos and cheers if Wilson pitches in one of the three games at AT&T Park next week. He’s puzzled by the idea of people booing.

“It’s like you’re not allowed to work anywhere else. Once you work in San Francisco, you’re not allowed to work in L.A., even if they don’t want you,” Mattingly said.

Here are lineups for Sunday’s series finale in San Diego:

Los Angeles

1. Yasiel Puig RF
2. Carl Crawford LF
3. Hanley Ramirez SS
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Matt Kemp CF
6. Michael Young 3B
7. Skip Schumaker 2B
8. Tim Federowicz C
9. Zack Greinke RHP

Padres

1. Alexi Amarista LF
2. Ronny Cedeno SS
3. Will Venable RF
4. Jedd Gyorko 2B
5. Tommy Medica 1B
6. Logan Forsythe 3B
7. Reymond Fuentes CF
8. Rene Rivera C
9. Andrew Cashner RHP

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Dee Gordon
BA HR RBI R
.367 1 6 7
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 5
RBIA. Gonzalez 17
RA. Gonzalez 14
OPSA. Gonzalez .969
WD. Haren 3
ERAH. Ryu 1.93
SOZ. Greinke 29