To add to the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching blues, reliever Brian Wilson was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday night with nerve irritation in his right elbow. Many were scared that his elbow injury was going to be related to the two Tommy John surgeries he has had previously, but the MRI that Wilson had done on Monday showed that there was thankfully no damage to the ligament, only the nerve irritation.
There has been no word of any real timetable for the setup man’s return, but according to J.P. Hoornstra of the O.C. Register, Wilson threw a bullpen session on Thursday and will pitch in the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes game on Saturday:
Brian Wilson threw a bullpen session yesterday and will pitch in Rancho Cucamonga tomorrow, Mattingly said. #Dodgers
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) April 4, 2014
These are all promising signs that Wilson will be able to make a return sooner rather than later. Wilson admitted to feeling pain while warming up before entering the eighth inning in Sunday night’s opener, and the pain proved detrimental as he blew the Dodgers one-run lead after allowing three runs and recording no outs in the 3-1 loss against the Padres.
Wilson was picked up by the Dodgers last August, and after proving his resilience from his 2012 Tommy John surgery with dominant performances through September and October, the Dodgers re-signed Wilson to a one-year, $10 million dollar contract.
Despite Wilson’s blunder in Sunday’s game, the rest of the Dodgers bullpen has done a solid job so far considering the series against the Padres. Between Chris Perez, Paco Rodriguez, Chris Withrow, Jamey Wright, J.P. Howell and Kenley Jansen, this bullpen core did not allow a run in three games. Hopefully these relievers will continue to do a great job going forward as they await Wilson’s return. The organization will now wait to see how Wilson’s elbow feels after the Quakes game on Saturday.
ICYMI: Dodgers Reliever Brian Wilson Was Placed On Disabled List With Nerve Irritation