LOS ANGELES – Brian Wilson keeps getting batters out in the minor leagues, as sure a sign as any that he’s ready to help the Dodgers.
But the team remains noncommittal about when the newly signed right-hander and former San Francisco Giants closer will be called up.
“He’s continuing to get ready,” manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday. “When we activate him or bring him up, you’ll know.”
Mattingly said there’s a chance Wilson could be activated from the disabled list at some point this weekend when the Dodgers begin a seven-game road trip in Philadelphia. But he wouldn’t go beyond that.
The bearded Wilson has put up impressive numbers in four minor league appearances: He’s retired 13 of 14 batters faced and has allowed just one hit. Tuesday night, pitching for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, he threw 21 pitches and retired four batters, his longest outing so far.
It’s safe to assume the Dodgers know exactly when Wilson will be called up, but they prefer to hold their cards tight and not give away their plans to opposing teams. They may also be undecided on what move they’ll make to clear a spot on the roster for him.
Among the possible moves: They could send right-hander Chris Withrow, who has been effective in middle-innings relief, down to Albuquerque or designate Carlos Marmol for assignment.
“I don’t think we’re willing to talk about anything with Brian and what we’re going to do,” Mattingly said. “It’s all fluid.”
Asked if the team felt that perhaps Wilson needed more work in the minors, Mattingly said, “I didn’t say he wasn’t ready. I’m saying we’ll let you know when we bring him up.”
He also said, “There’s nothing negative about Brian. Everything is good. He’s throwing the ball the way he wants, getting it where he wants and he’s bouncing back.”