Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/24/13
The Phillies need bullpen help as general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said repeatedly in the last couple of weeks. Turns out that help could come from an unexpected source. Amaro told reporters Monday afternoon that Phillies scouts will watch former Giants closer Brian Wilson throw later this week. Wilson is more than a year removed from Tommy John surgery. Wilson appeared in only two games during the 2012 season before having surgery. He will throw for multiple teams including the Giants this week. The mercurial Wilson known for unique facial hair and his quirky personality owns two World Series rings from his time with the Giants but contributed only to the 2010 title. Wilson recorded 48 saves that season with a 1.81 ERA. Phillies fans might remember him from helping vanquish the Phils’ dreams of making a third straight World Series in the 2010 NL Championship Series. Wilson recorded three saves and a win in that series. Should Wilson regain any percentage of that 2010 form he’d be a help to the Phils’ bullpen. The relievers have come and gone from Triple-A Lehigh Valley like a carousel with injuries and poor pitching plaguing the ’pen all season. Joe Savery became the latest casualty Monday as the Phillies placed him on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow stiffness. Raul Valdes who began the year with the big-league team only to be sent down May 17 returned to fill Savery’s spot on the 25-man roster. Savery has a 1.38 ERA in 10 appearances this season but hasn’t pitched since July 13. Valdes also has made 10 appearances with the big-league club sporting a 7.65 ERA.
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