Shortstop signs $8 million deal
Wilson's appendix burst Dec. 21 at his Thousand Oaks, Calif., home, requiring a rushed trip to a hospital. He was released Christmas night.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Wilson has regained six of the 15 pounds he lost, but is not yet ready to resume heavy weightlifting.
"The one thing that worries me is I am behind," Wilson said Friday. "This is the time of year when you really start hitting the weights and start working out hard, and I'm not going to be able to do that for a few more weeks."
Despite the setback, Wilson is optimistic he will be fully recovered when spring training starts next month. Wilson flew from California to Pittsburgh to have a physical on Friday and sign the contract.
Last season, the 27-year-old Wilson became the first Pittsburgh shortstop in 96 years to get more than 200 hits in a season. Wilson's 201 hits matched Hall of Famer Honus Wagner's total in 1908.
Wilson hit .308 with 11 homers and 59 RBI and won the NL Silver Slugger award as the league's best offensive shortstop. He was the only Pirates player on the NL All-Star team.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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