Well we figured something was wrong with Wilson after Sunday night’s catastrophe. I was just hoping that he just had a bad game, but alas, that was not the case unfortunately. Which means that he’s injured, and big surprise, our fears were confirmed by Mattingly tonight during the postgame press conference. Remember that day back in spring training at Camelback Ranch in March when Brian Wilson was pitching and Rick Honeycutt and the trainers went out to the mound? They saw something odd, but later told the media that it was nothing.
Well as it turns out , it probably was something, because now Wilson is headed to the disabled list as the Dodger’s injury merry-go round continues to annoy Dodger land.
Brian Wilson placed on DL. Elbow problems. Nerve irritation.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 2, 2014
Manager Don Mattingly announced Tuesday evening in the postgame presser after the club’s 3-2 win over San Diego, that Wilson will be headed to the Disabled list because of nerve irritation in his elbow. We’ve been worried about Wilson since he blew Sunday night’s game and looked terrible doing it. Wilson didn’t retire a single batter that night and gave up three earned runs in the eighth inning of the Dodger’s 3-1 loss on Sunday night Baseball.
Stacie commented to me about how he had a funny look on his face, (besides the usual funny look he has on his face) and come to think of it, he did look weird.
Apparently Wilson felt something warming up in the bullpen on Sunday night, and yet still came into pitch. Reports surfaced that Wilson was not with the club during practices Tuesday afternoon, nor was in the bullpen during the game.
The reason for that was because Wilson had headed back to Los Angeles to have an MRI on his elbow, which revealed the nerve damage. Wilson has already had two Tommy John surgeries on his reconstructed elbow.
The Dodgers will need to make a corresponding roster move to replace Wilson on the roster. My money is on Jose Dominguez getting called up from the minors, but the club should announce the move on Wednesday. However with the club coming home after Wednesday’s game, and an off-day scheduled for Thursday, it’s very possible the Dodgers will wait until they return home before bringing up a reliever to replace Wilson.
Until then Chris Perez should pick up most of Wilson’s set-up innings. Chris Withrow could also see some eighth inning duties as well. The Dodgers signed Wilson to a ten million dollar contract during the winter.