BOSTON – Tyler Wilson hasn’t pitched since Opening Day, when he pitched three scoreless innings. Are you worried that he hasn’t pitched? Wilson isn’t.
“I’m great. We’re 7-0. Me not pitching is a byproduct of us having so much success. I love the way the bullpen has thrown the ball well. Obviously, we have guys at the back end that dominate when we’re up. I hope we can keep that trend going,” Wilson said.
“The starters have been throwing the ball well. If that means me sitting out there and just waiting around, I’m happy because that means the team’s playing well, and we’re obviously winning games, and that’s the ultimate goal.”
There was some thought Wilson could have started Friday's game in Texas, but Vance Worley was chosen instead. Even though he hasn’t pitched in a game, he’s thrown in the bullpen before games.
“Any time you’re in the bullpen, and you go two days without pitching, the third day you get a light something before the game, so I’ve actually had a couple, and I feel great. Like we kind of talked about in spring training, no matter how long it goes between outings or wherever I am, it’s my job to be ready when that bell does ring,” Wilson said.
“I haven’t pitched in eight days, so I still have to be ready when the ball rings rather than called up for a spot start or something like that. It doesn’t change my approach. I go about my business every day. I’m going to be ready every time the bell rings if my name is called.”
Wilson’s situation doesn’t trouble manager Buck Showalter.
“He’s a guy who’s capable of pitching long. He’s still a candidate if we wanted to do that in Texas, starting. We’re going to keep everybody in the mix. He’s been up a couple times. He’s throwing on the side. Someone’s always going to be in that … But he’s a good guy in that situation because he stays ready. He’s very athletic. He’s got a good delivery that doesn’t take a lot of honing, so to speak. He stays within himself. It’s not perfect right now. But I kind of like the idea that somebody in our bullpen hasn’t pitched lately. It’s not always the case,” Showalter said.
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