BALTIMORE –- Tyler Wilson’s first day on the active roster was an active one. Though he didn’t get in Tuesday’s game, Wilson warmed up.
He was summoned from Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday when both Bud Norris and Chris Tillman couldn’t make their starts, but not put on the roster officially until Monday night.
"I was just trying to enjoy it. I was trying to enjoy the experience, and whether you're waiting or here officially, it's still a chance to be around all the guys again and be involved in the clubhouse and kind of learn the little ins and outs that are different here,” Wilson said.
Manager Buck Showalter would like to get Wilson in a game.
“I would like to get him in there. There is some unknown there about what’s going to happen. I was asking Darren [O’Day] after the game, Darren was doing some post-game exercises in the weight room, I ask him ‘How was it with Tyler, how’d he do warming up. He said, ‘He was definitely going a different speed than I was.’ It’s new for him, but he handled it real well in the spring. I’ve been real impressed with the moxie,” Showalter said.
Wilson, a Virginia graduate, was delighted when he found out he would get some time at the major league level.
“It's exhilarating. That's something everybody waits so long to hear, to actually get that legit phone call, and I was very excited and very grateful for the opportunity to be here. And I'm just looking forward to doing whatever I can to help the team,” Wilson said.
Wilson was very impressive during spring training.
“It definitely was great to have that experience to be with the team and pitch against those guys in games and get 14 or 15 innings under my belt with the catchers and throwing all the bullpens and learning how they call games and them getting a chance to see me throw. That's really invaluable,” Wilson said
Wilson said he had about a dozen family and friends at the game on Tuesday, and they’ll be back for Wednesday’s game.
In advance of this weekend’s series in Miami, Wilson took some batting practice.
“That's the first time I've touched a bat in a long time, since high school. They had an emergency situation in A ball and I went up and stood in the back corner of the box like 'Rookie of the Year,' but that was the first time I've actually had a little bit of practice with the bat,” Wilson joked.
Showalter is impressed with the maturity shown by Wilson and Mike Wright.
“You get guys like Tyler and Mike Wright who have made every stop like you’re supposed to do it. They haven’t skipped some level. They just kept doing well enough in the league to get promoted. There is not another league to promote them to other than this one. I like the background on how they got here,” Showalter said.
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