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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly admits to being concerned about the struggling Brian Wilson but says the reliever insists he's healthy.

"I don't think we're there," Mattingly said. "He tells Stan [Conte, head trainer] and all our guys -- we check with him all the time -- that he's fine. He says he's healthy." Wilson holds a 10.22 ERA and 2.43 WHIP over 16 appearances this season and has on occasion struggled to reach 90 mph on the radar gun. He was on the DL last month with an elbow issue, so you've got to wonder whether he's in fact healthy as he claims to be.

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Brian Wilson declared Friday that his elbow feels fine and that he's just not in sync at the moment.

The 32-year-old hurler has posted an uninspiring 15.75 ERA, 3.00 WHIP and 4/4 K/BB ratio through his first four innings of work on the season. Chris Perez appears to have surpassed him as the primary setup man, and should be considered the handcuff to Kenley Jansen at the moment.

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Dodgers activated RHP Brian Wilson from the 15-day disabled list.

Wilson made a couple rehab appearances and had no issues with the nerve irritation in his right elbow. He'll resume a setup role ahead of Kenley Jansen.

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Brian Wilson (elbow) said Sunday that he's ready to rejoin the Dodgers' bullpen.

Wilson threw a few simulated games and made a couple rehab appearances for High-A Rancho Cucamonga, and he evidently thinks that's enough. "Those were the five outings I needed," Wilson said. He should be activated from the DL on Tuesday when first eligible.

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Brian Wilson (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday.

Wilson was just placed on the DL Wednesday, but he threw a bullpen session Friday and is now ready to test things out in a game. As long as the nerve irritation in his elbow doesn't act up again, it sounds like he should be activation in mid-April when eligible.

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Dodgers placed RHP Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with nerve irritation in his right elbow.

An MRI revealed no ligament damage, but it's not clear how long the reliever will be sidelined. The Dodgers first began worrying about Wilson's health during a March 10 Cactus League game and the concern intensified after he failed to record an out during Sunday's appearance versus the Padres. Wilson has undergone two Tommy John surgeries in his career, but it doesn't sound like an operation will be required here. Chris Perez figures to be next in line for saves behind Kenley Jansen while Wilson is out.

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Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Brian Wilson could be dealing with an injury.

Gurnick notes that Wilson's health "has been a cause of concern" since a spring training game on March 10 when he threw a pitch that caused pitching coach Rick Honeycutt to worry. He adds that Wilson "didn't look right" during Sunday's appearance when he allowed all five runners he faced to reach base. The reliever was not present on the field during batting practice prior to Tuesday's game, heightening the concern. The Dodgers should provide an update on Wilson's status later Tuesday.

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Brian Wilson took the loss in Sunday's domestic season opener against the Padres, as he was unable to protect a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning.

The veteran reliever was greeted by a game-tying homer off the bat of Seth Smith, and the wheels fell off the train shortly afterwards. Yasmani Grandal pinch-hit and drew a walk, then Everth Cabrera reached on an error. Both would come around to score on a base hit by Chris Denofria, and Chase Headley would reach on an error before Wilson was mercifully removed without recording an out. He's still second in line for saves in the Dodgers bullpen, but this outing didn't inspire confidence.

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Brian Wilson got the start on Tuesday against the Mariners, throwing a scoreless inning.

Wilson held the Mariners hitless and recorded one strikeout. The right-hander is hoping to set up for closer Kenley Jansen. He may come across a save every so often on days Jansen can't go or needs some rest, but they should be few and far between.

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Dodgers re-signed RHP Brian Wilson to a one-year, $10 million contract.

The deal also includes a player option for 2015 that ranges from $9-10 million, depending on how many appearances Wilson makes in 2014. Wilson had been looking for a closing gig, but the deep pocketed Dodgers were apparently willing to offer him more to be a setup man, and he jumped at the chance. Staying in L.A. is obviously bad news for his fantasy value, as it will take a Kenley Jansen injury for Wilson to see save chances.