Wilson pitches scoreless inning in return to mound

Wilson pitches scoreless inning in return to mound
March 2, 2014, 7:00 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Reliever Alex Wilson, who missed the last three months of the season with a thumb injury, returned to his first game action Sunday, tossing a scoreless fourth inning.
    
"It felt great to get out there and be healthy again," said Wilson. "It's been a while, so it's exciting."
    
Wilson underwent surgery on his thumb in late October and couldn't really begin his normal off-season routine until late December, around three weeks behind his normal routine.
    
"But my arm feels great because I didn't throw a whole lot of innings last year," said Wilson.
    
Wilson actually pitched very well in May and June. He finished with a 4.88 ERA, but that number was artificially inflated when he attempted to pitch through the thumb injury with two July outings when he allowed six runs in two innings, taking his ERA from 3.16 to 4.88.
    
"We took it nice and slow coming in (this spring)," said Wilson. "I'm 100 percent, cleared by all the doctors. The grip strength is there again, which is huge, obviously. It feels like I'm back to normal."

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The Sox announced that they had signed outfielder Bo Greenwell, son of former Red Sox outfielder Mike Greenwell, to a minor league deal. Greenwell grew up in the Fort Myers area and was originally a sixth round pick by Cleveland in 2007.

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