MIAMI — Sixteen months after his baseball career appeared in doubt,
"You can call it a significant step. But I don't keep track of those things," Wilson said. "Yeah, it feels good to be activated after only 16 months. But by no means have I proved anything.
"Just another surgery. And now I've got to go get outs. No excuses."
Wilson, a three-time All-Star who saved 163 games during a four-year span with the Giants, hasn't pitched in the majors since undergoing his second Tommy John surgery in April 2012. But after watching Wilson, 31, throw last month at UCLA, the Dodgers decided he was worth a gamble and signed him to a free-agent contract.
"I don't know if we're really looking, necessarily, for anything, but just kind of making sure that we keep the guys there healthy and not overused," he said. "Brian's another guy that we can use later in the game."
To create a spot for Wilson, the Dodgers sent outfielder-first baseman
In the meantime, the Dodgers will carry 13 pitchers and only four bench players.
Three hours before Monday's game, Yasiel Puig alternately smiled and snarled his way through a 20-minute question-and-answer session with about 50 journalists, many of whom lobbed softball questions centered on Puig's return to his off-season home in Miami.
"I had a Cuban feast in my house last night," Puig joked in Spanish. "I'm very happy to be here."
But Puig wasn't so happy when asked about news reports that had him out on the town until the wee hours Monday — reports he angrily brushed aside without confirmation or denial. A reporter from a Spanish-language radio station pressed him on his testy relationship with the media, telling Puig that stories about his reckless driving and other off-the-field behavior were part of the price of fame.
"I didn't pay for any fame," Puig shot back. "The press should focus on the things that are happening on the field and worry just about the game. You're always looking for other stuff."
"It seems like he's really an authentic guy," he said. "You've got to learn what to say and what not to say.
"It's a learning curve. He'll get it."