09/16/11 10:26 PM ET
Broxton to have arthroscopic surgery on elbow
By Quinn Roberts / Special to MLB.com
The Dodgers announced that the right-hander will have arthroscopic surgery on the elbow on Monday.
The procedure, which will remove a bone spur and clean up loose bodies, will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
While the spur and bone bruise were known by the team, the loose bodies were not obvious until a CT scan was done on Thursday. All three things were within centimeters of each other.
"I thought that was encouraging for Jonathan," manager Don Mattingly said. "It kind of explains what has been going on."
Considered a minor surgery, the cleanup procedure allows six weeks as a general timetable before Broxton can begin throwing again.
However, that time frame depends on how he responds.
"It is all on the inside part of the elbow, where so many pitchers have problems," Dodgers head trainer Stan Conte said. "He's had three or four MRIs, and we have been chasing this around."
Conte said that Broxton had discomfort when throwing at maximum velocity. And when pitching off a mound on Monday, he had pain in the same place.
Sidelined since May 4, he's pitched only 12 2/3 innings in his free-agent season.
"Hopefully this will take care of the problem altogether," Conte said. "Taking care of these two things will hopefully allow him to go back and get on course."
MRI reveals that Gwynn has jammed shoulder
LOS ANGELES -- After re-aggravating his left shoulder on a slide during Wednesday's game against the D-backs, Tony Gwynn Jr. will not play in the remainder of the series against the Pirates.
As a precaution, Gwynn had an MRI on Friday, which showed a jammed shoulder.
However, the MRI hasn't officially been read by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who will review it later on Friday night.
"Everything looks pretty good, but we won't know for sure until Dr. ElAttrache reads it," Dodgers head trainer Stan Conte said. "He is going to be down for a few days for sure. We knew that after he did it."
Gwynn originally injured the shoulder after a steal of second in Los Angeles' series against the Nationals, and felt something again after sliding into home plate on Wednesday.
The Dodgers outfielder didn't play in Thursday's series opener against the Pirates.
"It is an aggravation of an almost healed injury," Conte said. "He progressed well last time, so we'll see what happens this time."
Tolleson, Van Slyke honored at Dodger Stadium
LOS ANGELES -- With reliever Shawn Tolleson and first baseman Scott Van Slyke named the Dodgers Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year on Thursday, both were honored in a ceremony prior to Friday's contest against the Pirates.
They toured Dodger Stadium and met players and coaches.
"It is so much fun," Van Slyke said. "You get to see a side of Dodger Stadium that you don't usually get to see."
The right-handed-hitting Van Slyke won the Double-A Southern League batting title with a .348 average in 130 games with Chattanooga, and was the MVP of the Southern League Midseason All-Star Game. A 2005 14th-round pick, Van Slyke is the son of former Major Leaguer Andy Van Slyke.
The right-handed Tolleson went a combined 7-2 with 25 saves and a 1.17 ERA in 57 relief appearances with Single-A Great Lakes, Class A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga.
"It is an extreme honor to get the award when comparing myself to other pitchers in the organization that had such great years," Tolleson said. "It is motivating, and it will keep me working hard. It is another stepping point in trying to get here."
Manager Don Mattingly said that general manager Ned Colletti left him a message on Thursday night, telling him that Clayton Kershaw should not be suspended after his actions in Wednesday's game against Arizona.
Playing in every game for the Dodgers this season, Matt Kemp's effort has been thoroughly appreciated by Mattingly.
"I told him that if he needs a day he can have it, but he has never let me know," Mattingly said. "I think it is good that he wants to keep playing. It shows what type of physical shape he is in."
Quinn Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.