06/09/11 9:16 PM ET
Kuo, Jansen impressive in rehab stints
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Pitching for Class A Rancho Cucamonga against Visalia, Kuo allowed a leadoff double, then retired the side on a strikeout and two ground balls. It was his first game appearance since leaving the team on May 10 with anxiety disorder.
Pitching for Double-A Chattanooga against Mississippi, Jansen struck out all three batters he faced. It was Jansen's first appearance since being disabled with shoulder bursitis on May 29.
Garland, Padilla not expected back soon
DENVER -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn't say on Thursday that disabled pitchers Vicente Padilla and Jon Garland are done for the season, but he's not holding his breath for their return, either.
Padilla has a bulging disk in his neck, a recurrence of a condition that limited him to one start in six weeks last year. Garland has what has been described as shoulder inflammation, but sounds a lot more like a labrum or rotator cuff tear.
"Vicente had this last year, and nobody expects him to show up any day and say he's OK, after the time he missed with it last year," said Mattingly. "Jon is dealing with something we knew was there. It's held up to this point, but not knowing if he'll bounce back -- it's hard to say anybody is done with today's medicine."
Padilla also has battled rebounding from spring forearm surgery.
"I'm looking at it like, at this point, I'm not saying the next homestand they'll be ready," said Mattingly. "It's far enough out that it will be some time, and we keep moving forward and if we get them back we'll get 'em going."
In other injury updates, Jonathan Broxton had a bullpen session at Coors Field on Thursday, while Kenley Jansen was scheduled for a rehab appearance with Double-A Chattanooga and Hong-Chih Kuo was scheduled for one with Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
Elbert raises funds for tornado-ravaged hometown
DENVER -- The money raised by reliever Scott Elbert and his teammates on the last homestand to benefit tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., has gone to underwrite a youth baseball camp held there this week, with Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, KABC's Peter Tilden and the Dodgers Dream Foundation also making significant contributions.
Elbert, a native of Joplin, recruited a dozen teammates to sign autographs during the last homestand, accepting donations.
All of the donations have gone to a baseball camp organized by the Joplin Outlaws, a summer collegiate baseball club. The camp usually charges attendees a fee, which is being waived this year because of the fundraising efforts.
"I thought it would be really cool for it to be baseball-related," said Elbert. "The money will also help provide equipment. With the kids out of school, it gives them something to do as the weather starts heating up."
Dodgers discount tickets for July 4
DENVER -- The Dodgers will offer all Reserve Level seats for $4 on July 4 for their game against the Mets at Dodger Stadium.
In addition, all Loge Level seats will be $14 and all Field Level seats will be $24.
The sale lasts four days, through this Sunday. Tickets are available here.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.