Brian Wilson to make Single-A start

August, 7, 2013
8/07/13
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ST. LOUIS -- Brian Wilson will make his first rehab assignment Wednesday, starting for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga as it takes on Lake Elsinore.

Wilson is expected to start and make 20-25 pitches.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he was interested to see how Wilson would do and when he could get him into the bullpen.

"Everything we hear is this guy is as competitive as can be," Mattingly said. "I know he's had the ball in the last out of the World Series. We're looking for that side of it."

Wilson was signed as a free agent on July 30 and then placed on the disabled list. Wilson, 31, underwent Tommy John surgery last April after two early-season appearances with the Giants.

Whenever Wilson makes his debut for the Dodgers he will be sporting his signature long black beard. Mattingly said the team doesn't have any facial hair rules and doesn't foresee Wilson's beard being an issue.

"I'm not really concerned about it," Mattingly said. "I haven't seen it. The Dodgers in the past have never had any facial hair rules that I know of. We've had different guys with long hair since I've been here. I'm not really worried about it. I don't care what guys do, honestly as long as they come here ready to play and respect the game. ... I guess if it was something that was a distraction for the whole club we'd deal with it, but I'm not anticipating any problems."

Arash Markazi

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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