Russell Wilson hasn’t played competitive baseball since 2011.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson got his first action in a competitive baseball game since 2011 in Friday’s Yankees spring training game against the Braves.
Wilson entered the game as a pinch hitter for Aaron Judge and struck out swinging on five pitches against Atlanta prospect Max Fried.
Wilson hinted at the possibility of getting a chance to hit before the game.
“It looks like I’m going to get a chance to get an at-bat, potentially,” Wilson told reporters. “You guys are going to have to pay attention.”
Wilson arrived in camp on Monday and has been taking batting and fielding practice with the club. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he wasn’t opposed to the idea of Wilson appearing in games, though he said he would wait to hear from the Seahawks before deciding whether Wilson would be allowed to take the field in a competitive setting.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told reporters Thursday at the NFL combine that he had no problem with Wilson spending part of his offseason playing baseball but wouldn’t say whether he approved of Wilson playing in games.
Wilson played second base at NC State and was a fourth-round pick by the Rockies in 2010. He hit .229 with a .708 OPS in 93 games in the low minors over two seasons. He’s scheduled to leave Yankees camp on Sunday.