LOS ANGELES -- The last time Brian Wilson had a blow-up appearance, on March 30 in San Diego, he was placed on the disabled list within a few days. But this time, after Wilson allowed four runs to the Phillies in the ninth inning of a 7-3 loss Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers say their setup man is healthy, as far as they know.
"I feel like he's healthy," manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously I don't think he's where he wants to be. We've seen some throws location-wise, and this is a guy who barely misses his spot at all."
Wilson faced six batters on Thursday and retired one. He allowed three hits, including a two-run double to Carlos Ruiz, hit a batter and intentionally walked another.
He missed 15 days on the disabled list with nerve irritation, but there have been no issues physically with Wilson since his return. Eight of his nine fastballs registered at 91 mph or higher, per MLB Gameday, with an average of 92.3 mph.
"Rick [Honeycutt, pitching coach] keeps a close look on all his guys. It seems like any time a guy makes a bad throw or two, Rick says, 'Something's not right,' he sees it right away. The only thing we can do is ask, and continue to watch him, look at video to see if there is anything going on mechanically," Mattingly said. "If there's nothing wrong physically, it's just a matter of not executing and not getting the ball where he wants."
Wilson has allowed eight runs on eight hits in four innings this season, with four walks, two hit by pitches and four strikeouts.
Kenley Jansen was unavailable on Thursday after pitching the last two nights and in four of the last five days, so Wilson was in essence the closer. Whether Wilson keeps his eighth-inning setup role is up in the air.
"We'll look at it. I don't have to make that decision tonight," Mattingly said. "We've got other guys who are throwing the ball good also. If Brian gets to throwing the ball the way he's capable of, that makes us pretty strong. That's where we'd like to be."