The Dodgers announced a pair of roster moves in an emailed press release Tuesday. Reliever Brian Wilson was reinstated to the active roster from the 15-day disabled list, while lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque.
The Dodgers signed Wilson at the end of July last year to a $1 million pro-rated Major League contract. The Beard responded by posting a 0.66 ERA in 18 games to end the season. In three post-season games, he struck out four and did not allow a run.
Though closing games is Wilson’s preference, he elected to re-sign with the Dodgers as a setup man with the understanding he would get the chance to close games if Kenley Jansen faltered. Wilson’s contract with Los Angeles calls for $10 million in 2014 with a player option at $9 million for the following year.
Wilson started this season with a scoreless inning in Australia against Arizona. In his first game in North America on March 30, the three-time All Star gave up a walk, two hits – one was a homer – and did not retire a batter.
After being placed on the disabled list on March 31, Wilson made two rehabilitation appearances for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. His final game for the Quakes came on April 7 when he struck out two in two scoreless innings of work.
Just 22 years old, Rodriguez sparkled for the Dodgers over the first half of last year. In his first 65 appearances, his ERA was 1.85. It was then that he hit the wall. Over his final 13 games spanning 6 1/3 innings, he yielded 12 hits, eight walks and five earned runs. In the post-season, he retired only two batters but gave up four hits, two walks and a pair of runs.
Rodriguez appeared in eight games for the Dodgers this season, walking two, striking out five and posting a 3.18 earned run average.