Justin Wilson regressed slightly in his fourth full major league season after being traded to the Tigers, yielding a 4.14 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. He was used in a similar role, making a lot of middle and late-inning appearances, and picked up 25 holds. Wilson continued to post a high strikeout rate, fanning 65 batters over 58.2 innings. Opponents hit .307 off his mid-90s fastball, so he threw a lot more cutters in 2016 after throwing 80 percent fastballs in 2015. With opponents' .340 BABIP and an uptick in HR/FB to 12.2 percent, Wilson probably suffered from some poor luck in 2016. If so, we can expect him to regress back towards his 3.10 ERA and 1.13 WHIP numbers from 2015. The Tigers re-signed veteran closer Francisco Rodriguez, so Wilson should slide into a similar role in 2016 unless Rodriguez slips up or he gets traded. Wilson's value will most likely come from being a relatively high-strikeout reliever who gets holds.
Wilson allowed a hit, two walks and two earned runs while retiring just a single batter in Tuesday's spring training loss to the Phillies. Wilson sat out a few days at the beginning of the month due to hamstring soreness, and he looked rusty Tuesday. Still, it was good just to see him out there, and hopefully he'll be able to get back up to speed over his next few spring training outings.
Wilson (hamstring) threw off a mound without any reported issues Friday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. Wilson should keep plugging away at his rehab and seems on track to be ready for Opening Day, when he'd occupy a middle relief role with the occasional late-game setup opportunity.
Wilson (hamstring) won't throw for the next few days, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. The Tigers were hopeful that Wilson would be able to pitch in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals, but he ended up being scratched from the outing after incurring some hamstring tightness. While there doesn't seem to be any concern that Wilson is at risk of missing the start of the season, he'll be temporarily shut down with the hope that it resolves the issue. Wilson is on track to serve as one of the top setup men to closer Francisco Rodriguez after striking out 65 batters in 58.2 innings last season.
Wilson agreed to a one-year, $2.7 million deal with the Tigers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports. The 29-year-old lefty posted a 4.14 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 65:17 K:BB in 58.2 innings out of the Tigers' bullpen last season. Those ratios aren't very useful, but his strikeout rate suggests he could be better in 2017 if he has better luck on balls in play (.340 BABIP last season).
Wilson received a cortisone injection in his elbow before Monday's game, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Manager Brad Ausmus confirmed that the injection was in response to a nerve issue and that Wilson would still be available if needed. The left-hander leads the Detroit bullpen with 48 appearances this season, but has allowed six earned runs over his last 2.1 innings pitched.