LOS ANGELES -- Blake Hawksworth has a hip condition and not a strained right groin, an MRI revealed on Friday, but the injured Dodgers reliever said he's hopeful to be throwing again in less than two weeks.Hawksworth, placed on the disabled list on May 11 with what was believed to be a strained groin, aggravated the injury during a scoreless one-inning rehab assignment Wednesday at Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Hawksworth had a similar injury last Spring Training with St. Louis. "The first MRI in Pittsburgh showed a hip impingement, and that was without the dye, and today I had the dye," said Hawksworth. "I was so close. This time, I felt it a little warming up and when the game started, it kind of stayed." Hawksworth is one of four Dodgers relievers on the DL. Jonathan Broxton, out since May 4 with a bruised elbow, is throwing regularly on flat ground and soon will graduate to the mound. Hong-Chih Kuo, out since May 10 with anxiety disorder, is trying to rebuild his confidence while throwing at the Dodgers' training complex in Arizona. Vicente Padilla, placed on the DL May 14 with irritation of the radial nerve that required February surgery, threw his first bullpen session on Friday. Padilla said it went well, but he won't know for sure until he sees if there is discomfort Saturday. If not, he said he plans to throw again Sunday. Not surprisingly, manager Don Mattingly said Friday that sorting out his bullpen options on a daily basis has been the most challenging aspect of his rookie season at the helm. "Trying to figure it out is demanding, because we don't have that guy to get the ball to him in the ninth inning," he said. "We've had to go to youth [Javy Guerra, Scott Elbert and Rubby De La Rosa]."
Blake returns, batting second for Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers activated third baseman Casey Blake from the 15-day disabled list and returned Russell Mitchell to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.Blake was in Friday night's lineup against the Marlins, batting second. Blake had been sidelined after developing a staph infection in his left elbow, requiring surgery to remove the bursa sac. In four rehab games with the Isotopes, Blake went 2-for-14 and two walks. He served a Minor League rehab assignment at Albuquerque this week in preparation for his return.
Ethier levied $2.5K fine by MLB
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was fined $2,500 by Major League Baseball but avoided a suspension as discipline for making an obscene gesture at a photographer during batting practice before the May 16 game with Milwaukee at Dodger Stadium.A photo of the act became an Internet sensation and got the attention of MLB. Ethier apologized through the media.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.