Brian Wilson lands on DL with nerve irritation in elbow

Denis Poroy

The setup man took the loss on Sunday, allowing three runs while not recording an out.

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with nerve irritation in his right elbow, manager Don Mattingly said after Tuesday's win over the Padres at Petco Park.

"Yesterday he went to see Dr. ElAttrache after feeling some things in his elbow," Mattingly said. "In layman's terms, it's more of a nerve irritation. The ligament was good, which was good news."

Wilson felt something while warming up in the bullpen on Sunday night, but tried to pitch through it. He faced five batters and didn't record an out in the Dodgers' 3-1 loss. He told director of medical services Stan Conte of his elbow troubles upon exiting the game.

Mattingly said there was no timetable yet for Wilson's return.

"We feel like something that just needs to calm down, then get him built going in the other direction. I feel pretty confident that while the MRI wasn't good news, it was better than it could have been," Mattingly said. "In the meantime, we're pretty confident in our guys."

The Dodgers got four scoreless innings out of their bullpen on Tuesday, with Paco Rodriguez, Chris Withrow, J.P. Howell and Kenley Jansen each pitching one inning.

"We know with him going down it affects us, but we just have to go out there and get the job done every time," said Withrow, who turned 25 on Tuesday. "We have to pull together as a bullpen."

Mattingly said a corresponding move would be made on Wednesday, but wouldn't yet reveal said move. One option is Jose Dominguez, who made the trip to Australia but was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday. Normally an optioned must last 10 days in the minors, but because Dominguez would be replacing another injured player the 10-day requirement would be waived.

If Dominguez is the corresponding move, that is. We will find out Wednesday.

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