Dodgers likely to call up Brian Wilson this weekend

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Brian Wilson and his beard are very close to returning to the big leagues with the Dodgers.
Brian Wilson and his beard are very close to returning to the big leagues with the Dodgers. (USATSI)

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The Dodgers are likely to call up former Giants closer Brian Wilson this weekend, reports Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. The team has not yet confirmed anything, however.

“When we bring him up, we'll let you know,” said manager Don Mattingly. “I didn't say he wasn't ready ... All the reports are good. There's really nothing negative about Brian at this point.”

Wilson, 31, signed a one-year contract with Los Angeles last month. He's made four tune-up appearances in their minor league system, allowing just one base-runner while striking out three in 4 1/3 innings. He has yet to pitch on back-to-back days, but Mattingly indicated that wasn't a big priority.

Wilson has not appeared in the big leagues since last April, when he blew out his elbow and needed his second career Tommy John surgery. The second elbow reconstruction has a much lower success rate than the first, historically.

Oddly enough, the Dodgers will have three former closers setting up current closer Kenley Jansen when Wilson joins Carlos Marmol and Brandon League in Mattingly's bullpen.

The Dodgers had won 39 of their last 47 games coming into Wednesday's action. They are off on Thursday and will start a three-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Friday.

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