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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.

Brian Wilson RP LAD 8 Months

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.

Brian Wilson RP LAD 8 Months

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.

Brian Wilson RP LAD 8 Months

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.

Brian Wilson RP LAD 9 Months

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.

Brian Wilson RP LAD 12 Months

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.

Brian Wilson RP LAD 12 Months

Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown reports that the Dodgers have signed 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. "The Beard" apparently wasn't able to find a closing gig for enough money somewhere else, so he'll stick around as a high-priced setup man for Kenley Jansen. Wilson allowed just one run in 19 2/3 innings between the regular season and postseason in 2013.

Brian Wilson RP LAD 12 Months

The deal being discussed between Brian Wilson and the Dodgers would be a one-year contract with a player option for a second year, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is hearing.

It was reported previously that the two sides were discussing a one-year deal, but the player option would basically make it a two-year commitment on the Dodgers' end. The 31-year-old would likely return as a setup man for closer Kenley Jansen, and with some success he could opt to decline the option and seek more money as a closer on the open market next offseason. No word on the terms of a potential deal.

Brian Wilson RP LAD 12 Months

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Dodgers and Brian Wilson are discussing a one-year contract.

This will enable Wilson to test the open market again next offseason, potentially to land a closer job elsewhere. The 31-year-old was excellent with the Dodgers after making his return from Tommy John surgery, allowing just one run in 19 2/3 innings between the regular season and postseason while setting up for Kenley Jansen.

Brian Wilson RP LAD 12 Months

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Dodgers and Brian Wilson appear to be "getting close" on a contract agreement.

This confirms a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Wilson was reportedly in "serious" discussions with the Tigers just one week ago, but the club has since moved on to Joe Nathan. The bearded reliever likely won't get the chance to close in Los Angeles, but he should get paid big bucks to set up for Kenley Jansen once again.