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Mattingly coy on Wilson's possible Tuesday return

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PHOENIX -- Reliever Brian Wilson is eligible to be activated off the disabled list on Tuesday when the Dodgers face his former Giants teammates, but manager Don Mattingly on Sunday wouldn't say if the move will happen.

"It sounds like he feels ready to go," Mattingly said. "No reason to make a decision to talk about today. We'll have to make a move."

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PHOENIX -- Reliever Brian Wilson is eligible to be activated off the disabled list on Tuesday when the Dodgers face his former Giants teammates, but manager Don Mattingly on Sunday wouldn't say if the move will happen.

"It sounds like he feels ready to go," Mattingly said. "No reason to make a decision to talk about today. We'll have to make a move."

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Unless a timely injury develops, the move won't be a simple one if the Dodgers keep the pitching staff at 12. Kenley Jansen closes, Chris Perez and J.P. Howell set up. Jamey Wright has been effective as the long man.

Chris Withrow and Paco Rodriguez have options, but both have been dominating. That leaves the inconsistent Brandon League, but the Dodgers owe him roughly $14 million guaranteed through 2015 and cannot option him to the Minors.

One possibility for management would be to wait and see how Josh Beckett and Paul Maholm fare in their starts Tuesday and Wednesday nights before making a roster move. Beckett lasted four innings in his only start last Wednesday, Maholm went 4 1/3 innings in his only start on April 5 before making two one-inning relief appearances.

Wilson was placed on the DL after a rough outing in the domestic opener on March 31. He had previously taken two weeks off to rebuild arm strength after irritating an elbow nerve rushing to be ready during a compressed Spring Training.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com.

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