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Brian Wilson, beard and all, finally joins Dodgers' roster

August 19, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • The Dodgers added reliever Brian Wilson to their active roster on Monday.
The Dodgers added reliever Brian Wilson to their active roster on Monday. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles…)

And you thought the Dodgers’ season was already crazy.

Things became even a bit wackier Monday when the Dodgers activated eccentric reliever Brian Wilson and added him to their 25-man roster.

The Dodgers elected to at least temporarily go with 13 pitchers, sending human yo-yo Scott Van Slyke back to triple-A Albuquerque. Expect Van Slyke to return to the Dodgers for a fifth time when rosters can be expanded Sept. 1.

The addition of Wilson, a right-hander, gives the Dodgers three former closers to support Kenley Jansen – Brandon League and Carlos Marmol are the others.

The bearded one has not pitched in a major league game since April 12, 2012; he underwent  Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. He did not allow a run in four minor league rehab appearances for the Dodgers, allowing one hit in 4 1/3 innings with three strikeouts.

Wilson, 31, is a former Giants closer with 171 career saves.

Van Slyke was just called up Friday. He started the last two games, going three for eight with a run batted in.

In a surprise to no one, the unconventional Wilson elected to wear No. 00. The outgoing Wilson still has his black beard, complete with some kind of long-haired Mohawk hairstyle.

He is expected to be used as a late-inning setup man for Jansen.

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