Wilson's appendix burst Dec. 21 at his Thousand Oaks, Calif.,
home, requiring a rushed trip to a hospital. He was released
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
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
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.