Brian Wilson made his first rehab appearance on Wednesday night in Rancho Cucamonga for the Single-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wilson started the game and needed only eight pitches to throw a perfect first inning.
He got the first and the third batter out with one pitch as both would groundout to second. The middle batter in the sequence took Wilson to a 3-2 count before being struck out on an 87-mph cutter. Of the eight pitches Wilson said he threw “about four or five cutters” and fastballs otherwise.
Topping out on the gun at 91-mph, Wilson said everything felt good and normal. “It felt good to get that adrenaline going again. I just tried to stay calm. I felt that adrenaline in the bullpen…that was nice.”
As far as command of his pitches Wilson said, “I only threw eight pitches so I feel I did alright considering.” After throwing simulated games over the last week at the Dodgers team facilities at Camelback Ranch it was his first competitive game since having Tommy John Surgery about 16 months ago.
So what is next on the schedule for Wilson?
He said he would most likely head out to Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday. When asked when he would pitch again he said, “If I was guessing I would say Friday…and I’m pretty good at guessing.”
There is no timetable at the moment for how long he will be in Albuquerque but if things progress as well as they have this past week he could be in a Dodgers uniform soon. It certainly couldn’t hurt if Wilson is anywhere close to where he was in the not too distant past for the San Francisco Giants.