Dodgers to put Brian Wilson on disabled list

Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson is headed to the disabled list with what the team described as nerve irritation in his right elbow.
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If you thought Brian Wilson did not look right Sunday night, turns out he wasn’t.

After Wilson was unable to get any of his five batters out, the Dodgers said Tuesday they will place their set-up man on the disabled list with what they called nerve irritation in his right elbow.

The Dodgers said an MRI exam showed no ligament damage, which is good news for a pitcher who’s had two Tommy John surgeries to the elbow.

Still, it’s more early injury trouble for the Dodgers, who already have stars Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp on the disabled list.


Wilson first gave the Dodgers concern in a March 10 spring game in which he struggled. He did appear in a game in Australia, where he struck out two in one perfect inning.

He was almost unhittable (0.66 ERA) after the Dodgers signed him late last season. He turned that into a $10-million, one-year deal to act primarily as Kenley Jansen’s set-up man.

Now that role will likely shift to Chris Perez while the Dodgers wait to see how Wilson’s elbow responds. They have yet to announce which player they will call up to replace him on the roster.