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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Dodgers' Brian Wilson (elbow) on DL

By Mark Saxon
ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN DIEGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers put veteran reliever Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with nerve irritation in his right elbow after their 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

Brian Wilson
Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson has landed on the disabled list with nerve irritation in his right elbow.

Wilson felt pain while warming up before pitching the eighth inning of Sunday night's U.S. opener, then allowed the winning runs to score in the Dodgers' 3-1 loss. His velocity was down during the appearance. Afterward, Wilson reported the injury to trainer Stan Conte.

He traveled Monday to Los Angeles to get an MRI and meet with team doctor Neal ElAttrache. Wilson has had two Tommy John procedures on his right elbow, most recently in 2012, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the MRI showed that the ligament was sound.

"Just in my layman's terms, it was nerve irritation," Mattingly said. "The ligament's good, which we felt was great news."

The Dodgers signed Wilson, a former All-Star closer with the San Francisco Giants, to a one-year, incentive-laden $1 million deal in August, and he was dominant for them in September and October. Then, they re-signed him to a one-year, $10 million deal with a $9 million player option for 2015.

In part because of uncertainty about Wilson's health, the team signed another former closer, Chris Perez, in January. In Wilson's absence, Mattingly figures to use a combination of Perez and Chris Withrow when the situation calls for a right-handed setup man. Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers' closer, got the save Tuesday. He loaded the bases but struck out Chris Denorfia and Nick Hundley.

Wilson did not go onto the field for the Dodgers' pregame warm-ups and did not sit in the bullpen during Tuesday's game.