All Star closer Brian Wilson was put on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation on Sunday, sidelining the San Francisco pitcher during the Giants' push toward a potential post-season berth.

The move is retroactive to August 16, meaning the right-hander will be eligible to be activated on August 31.

Nobody wants to go on the disabled list right now. But we have to take care of him, Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner told the team's website (sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com). It's not just these next six weeks, it's the next year and the year after.

Wilson felt discomfort in his right elbow during his last appearance on Monday when he blew a save against the Atlanta Braves.

Wilson has 35 saves and a 3.19 ERA this season. He compiled 48 regular-season saves last season and helped the Giants to their first World Series title since 1954.

The Giants (68-60) trail the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks by 1- games in the National League West and are eight games behind Atlanta in the wild card race.