06/06/11 12:14 AM ET
Dodgers get good news on Broxton, Kuo
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Broxton, out since May 4 with a bruised elbow, has begun throwing off a mound and reports no soreness in his elbow. Broxton said he has been limited to throwing 85 mph and feels he can throw harder, but he concedes that he'd rather take extra time to be sure he's ready than return too soon and reinjure the elbow.
Broxton said nobody is sure what caused the bruise. He said one theory is that an adjustment in Spring Training of where he was standing on the rubber caused the problem, though he abandoned the adjustment before the season started and he still came up sore.
Kuo, out since May 10 with anxiety disorder, continues throwing to hitters at the club's Arizona training complex and is nearing a Minor League rehab assignment, manager Don Mattingly said.
"I've heard talk about him starting a rehab. It sounded like it was coming," said Mattingly. "The timetable is going to be different than a guy with a wrist or ankle or being physically ready. This will be more of Kuo being able to say, 'I'm ready.'"
Dodgers getting healthier by the day
CINCINNATI -- X-rays on infielder Juan Uribe's left hand were negative on Saturday night, and he's expected to be activated by the Dodgers on Monday, along with reliever Blake Hawksworth and outfielder Marcus Thames.
All three recently completed Minor League rehab assignments -- Uribe from a strained abdominal muscle, Hawksworth from hip and groin discomfort and Thames from a strained quad. But Uribe left his final Minor League rehab game on Saturday night after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.
Manager Don Mattingly, having seen Vicente Padilla come up with a sore neck when he was expected to be activated from the DL after suffering from a sore forearm, said all three would be game-time decisions before Monday night's series opener in Philadelphia.
"There's a pretty good chance," Mattingly said. "But I'm not getting excited yet. It's like the NFL -- game-time decision."
If all three return, it would cut the Dodgers' disabled list from 10 to seven, with promising news also reported on Sunday on disabled relievers Jonathan Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo.
It's likely that Ivan De Jesus Jr. will make room for Uribe and Josh Lindblom for Hawksworth, but Thames' return could result in the demotion of popular rookie Jerry Sands, who is hitting only .211. If not Sands, the Dodgers would most likely release outfielder Jay Gibbons (.255) or defensive specialist Tony Gwynn (.209).
If the Dodgers keep Gibbons and demote Sands, they retain both players in the organization. Keeping Sands and releasing Gibbons leaves the organization exposed, should another outfielder be injured. And the way injuries have plagued the Dodgers this year, depth comes into play with every personnel decision.
"That's been the toughest one," Mattingly said of the outfield move. "We'll put the club out there we think is the best club. But the one thing I've heard more about than anything, sitting in this chair, is inventory. It sounds kind of cold, and a better word is depth. But if something happens, you don't want to be reaching further down than you want to go. That can hurt the other guy. I understand the depth part. But I think at some point you still make the decision for now and moving forward. What's best for [Sands] and for the team -- sometimes the balance is tricky."
Pre-Draft workout includes Gretzky, Garvey
CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers held their final pre-Draft tryout Sunday, an invitation-only event that drew some familiar bloodlines.
Among those being scouted: Trevor Gretzky, son of hockey's Great One, who has a commitment to San Diego State; and Ryan Garvey, the slugging son of former Dodger Steve Garvey, who has a commitment to USC.
The Dodgers draft 16th overall in Monday's first round.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.