Wilson activated off DL; Rodriguez sent down
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers activated right-handed Brian Wilson off the disabled list Tuesday and optioned left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the roster.
Wilson was put on the DL 15 days ago to rebuild arm strength after rushing to be ready during a compressed Spring Training.
Rodriguez was the odd man out because he had options. He also had a 3.18 ERA in eight appearances this year, rebounding from last year's late-season tailspin after five nearly unhittable months.
"Paco was a professional," said manager Don Mattingly. "I'm sure he's upset with it. The main reason is that Paco's got options at this point. Can't say it's a great reason. But we're going to see Paco again. He was tremendous last year and real good this year. There are a few things he can work on, and the silver lining is we can control his work and put him in tough situations while making sure he's not overused or overworked."
Rodriguez said he understood that he was only one of two Dodgers relievers (Chris Withrow the other) with options and without guaranteed contracts.
"This is just part of it," he said. "I'll just keep doing my thing down there. Oh, I could say they [cheated] me, but I'm going down there and work on getting back up there. I know how everything works. I'll be professional about it. No big deal."