Brian Wilson attempting MLB comeback as knuckleballer


Brian Wilson attempting MLB comeback as knuckleballer

Former Giants All-Star closer Brian Wilson is attempting an MLB comeback ... as a starting pitcher and a knuckleballer.

Wilson, who has thrown for a pair of teams recently according to Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown, threw a 30-pitch bullpen session at USC on Wednesday, showcasing his knuckleball and a clean-shaven face. 

"That right there was an MVP-Cy Young knuckleball," Wilson told Brown after the session. "You can write that down, too. No joke. I can already see myself out there throwing up some waffles."

The 34-year-old has been out of baseball since 2014, when he went 2-4 with a 4.66 ERA in 61 games for the Dodgers. Los Angeles released him in 2015, still owing him $9.5 million. 

“It was kinda good to lay back and figure out what I wanted,” Wilson told Brown. “It feels like a new leaf.”

Brown reports that Wilson has always toyed with a knuckleball, but that the Giants asked him not to throw it while in San Francisco, where he went 20-20 with a 3.21 ERA and 171 saves over seven years, collecting three All-Star nods and two World Series rings.

"I always said that once my career was over I was coming back as a knuckleballer," he told Brown. "I’m good with it. Man, I get to play a game. It’s going to be pretty fun."

Time will tell if all the fun will result in a new MLB contract. 

"So that's what he's been doing!?" former teammate Aubrey Huff tweeted. "Most of us assumed he moved to Indonesia, or joined a tribe in Africa. Go get em B-wheezy!"

Dodgers lose Justin Turner to broken wrist after getting hit by pitch vs A's


Dodgers lose Justin Turner to broken wrist after getting hit by pitch vs A's

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner's broken left wrist is expected to heal without surgery, according to Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts.

Turner was hurt Monday when hit by a pitch from Oakland's Kendall Graveman.

Turner arrived at the Dodgers spring training facility with a cast over his wrist Tuesday morning and was scheduled to see a hand specialist for an estimate of the time he could miss.

"We know that it's not a surgery thing, it's just essentially time," Roberts said. "That's the initial thought. That could change but that's what I've heard."

Turner hit .322 with 21 homers and 71 RBIs last year and was a first-time All-Star. He had 14 RBIs against the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series and was voted MVP.

The Dodgers appear poised to move Logan Forsythe from second base to third in Turner's absence and have Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley share time at second.

"It obviously makes a lot of sense to have Logan over there a lot more at third, and to kind of put together some guys at second base, and leave Chris (Taylor) in center field," Roberts said.

Backup catcher Austin Barnes also could see time at second base.

Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts


Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants moved closer to setting their opening day roster on Monday when they made a significant round of cuts to their spring training roster. 

A total of 15 players were reassigned or optioned, bringing the total to 31 players remaining in camp. Many of the players cut Monday entered the spring competing for jobs. 

In the outfield, Mac Williamson and Austin Slater were optioned to Triple-A and Chris Shaw was reassigned to minor league camp. Williamson had a huge spring and was the likeliest of the trio to push for an opening day spot, but he'll start his year in the minors. Steven Duggar was not among the cuts, and he remains an option to make the team, with the Giants also looking at Gregor Blanco, Gorkys Hernandez and Jarrett Parker for backup spots. Hernandez and Parker are out of minor league options. 

Tyler Beede was optioned and Andrew Suarez was reassigned to minor league camp, leaving three players vying for the final two rotation spots. Ty Blach and Chris Stratton have been the favorites all along, although both struggled the last time out and Derek Holland has had a strong spring. 

Both backup catchers -- Trevor Brown and Hector Sanchez -- were reassigned, along with Orlando Calixte, who saw time in the big leagues last year. Joan Gregorio, Jose Valdez, Justin O'Conner and Kyle Jensen were also reassigned. Chase d'Arnaud, who appeared to be making a strong push, was on the list, too, leaving Josh Rutledge as the only competition for Kelby Tomlinson for the final infield spot. 

Finally, Derek Law and Roberto Gomez were optioned to Triple-A. Josh Osich remains and appears the frontrunner for a bullpen job. Julian Fernandez, the Rule 5 pick, also remains in camp. 

The Giants break camp on Friday.