Brian Wilson to play in Rancho Cucamonga

ST. LOUIS -- Brian Wilson will make his debut as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization Wednesday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Monday.

Wilson, who underwent Tommy John surgery last April after two early-season appearances with the San Francisco Giants, signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers last week and has not pitched since April 12 of last season.

“He’s to the point where he can start throwing in games outside of Arizona,” Mattingly said. “The first seven had to be in Arizona.”

The plan for Wilson was to go through a two-week program at the Dodgers' spring training complex in Arizona and continue on to Rancho Cucamonga when he felt ready.

“We’re just moving him forward and getting him ready,” Mattingly said. “We’re trying to give him a semi-spring training. We want him to be ready and feel like he’s ready. If we’re seven days from now and he feels like he needs more time, we’re not forced into anything. There’s no hard deadline when he has to be here."

When Mattingly was asked when he’d like to have Wilson in the bullpen, he said, “As soon as possible and as soon as he feels like he’s ready. … Sooner rather than later.”