San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson flew to Florida on Wednesday to have his ailing right elbow checked out by the same doctor who performed surgery eight years ago.
Wilson has some inflammation but no serious damage, Manager Bruce Bochy said before the injury-plagued Giants faced the Atlanta Braves.
The right-hander was not available for the game. He could return to the mound Thursday.
"He just felt a little tenderness," Bochy said. "We're just being cautious. The results came out well. They showed a little inflammation in the elbow, so we're going to give him a couple days off."
Wilson gave up three runs in the ninth inning Monday night, a 5-4 loss to the Braves. He headed to Pensacola, Fla., to be examined by Dr. James Andrews, who performed Tommy John surgery on Wilson in 2003.
Wilson is 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA and 35 saves this season.
A-Rod close to returning
Alex Rodriguez will join the Yankees in Minnesota on Thursday but might not be activated. Manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday that Rodriguez told him his right knee still felt "tentative" prior to his last scheduled rehab start on Wednesday night for Triple-A Scranton. Rodriguez had surgery last month for a torn meniscus.
"Our plans right now are still to bring him to Minnesota tomorrow if everything goes OK," Girardi said. "We may have him just go through some things for a couple of days and wait a couple of days to activate him."
When A-Rod does rejoin the roster, he might be the designated hitter and not start right away at third base.
Dumped Helms back with Braves
The Braves are bringing back infielder Wes Helms, signing him to a minor-league deal less than a week after he was released by the Marlins. The Braves said Wednesday that Helms will report to Triple-A Gwinnett this weekend and likely join the Braves when the rosters are expanded.
■ Cubs Manager Mike Quade said Wednesday that closer Carlos Marmol's velocity on his fastball has been down this year. "It's an ongoing thing," Quade said. "He has had a wonderful run here, and this is really the first bit of adversity he has had in his career." Marmol has been clocked in the lower 90s after throwing in the mid-90s throughout most of his career. He blew Tuesday's game on a ninth-inning grand slam and has eight blown saves.
■ Phillies right-hander and former Kentucky standout Joe Blanton was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for right-hander Michael Schwimer, who was promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Schwimer was 9-1 with 10 saves and a 1.88 ERA at Triple-A.
■ Left-handed reliever Randy Choate was sent to Miami by the Marlins to have his elbow examined by team doctors. Choate, 1-1 with a 1.82 ERA in 54 appearances, told team officials he felt tightness in the elbow after his last outing on Monday night.