Wilson enjoys playing time after uncertain spring

Wilson enjoys playing time after uncertain spring

PHOENIX -- When journeyman Josh Wilson accepted a non-roster invitation to D-backs camp this spring, he knew the odds of making the team on Opening Day were stacked against him.

But that didn't sway the 32-year-old; he just wanted to return to the D-backs organization after playing in Arizona in 2009 and 2011. Now a month into the season, that faith has paid off for Wilson, who already has appeared in 14 games for Arizona after not reaching the Majors in 2012.

"This is where I wanted to be, this is the best organization I've ever been in," said Wilson, who has reached the Majors with seven teams over six seasons. "That's the reason I wanted to come back, whether or not I had an opportunity to make the team in Spring Training, I wanted to be here. I wanted to come because I knew the type of organization they ran."

Injuries to Willie Bloomquist and Aaron Hill have opened up playing time for Wilson, who has a .290 on-base percentage this season. He also has been a consistent piece on the infield for the D-backs, committing just one error in 42 chances at second, third and shortstop.

"He has added a huge contribution to us in the games he has played," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's been very good when we've inserted him in."

Not focusing on the uncertainty ahead when the injured players return, Wilson just hopes he continues to seize the opportunity before him, no matter how long it lasts.

"This is a special group of guys, it's a pleasure to come here every day," he said. "Obviously playing here is the goal, but being able to play anywhere makes the hard work worth it."

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.