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08/10/12 7:17 PM ET

Elbert could return by end of Dodgers' trip

MIAMI -- Reliever Scott Elbert threw his first bullpen session with no pain and could rejoin the Dodgers by the end of this road trip.

Elbert said he might need minor arthroscopic surgery in the offseason to remove a piece of scar tissue in the back of his left elbow. But he said the area has responded well to treatment, particularly acupuncture.

"We're trying to maintain it and stay on the field and get to the offseason," said Elbert. "Then we'll come up with a plan to clean it up, or not. They said it would be simple, a four-to-six-week rehab, because it's just in one little spot."

Elbert, who was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday, said he was excited to throw off a mound for the first time since he landed on the DL. He threw only fastballs.

"I was a little rusty, but it feels really good," he said.

Elbert plans to throw a bullpen session Sunday with sliders mixed in, advance to a simulated game next week and then a Minor League assignment.

"Everything's positive right now," he said.

Gordon, Lilly, Guerrier taking time with rehabs

MIAMI -- On the disabled list, Dee Gordon, Ted Lilly and Matt Guerrier are at the Dodgers' Camelback Ranch-Glendale training complex in Arizona continuing their medical rehabs, an indication that none is close to returning.

Gordon, who had the pin removed from his right thumb after tearing a ligament, has not been cleared to swing a bat yet, said manager Don Mattingly. Hanley Ramirez is the starting shortstop in Gordon's absence, and it's not clear how the infield will be aligned when Gordon returns. He's been out since July 5.

Lilly, who had a setback in his recovery from shoulder pain after beginning a Minor League rehab assignment, will throw a bullpen session Saturday. If that goes well, he could graduate to a simulated game. He's been out since May 24.

Guerrier, recovering slowly from elbow tendinitis, threw a simulated game Friday, and he hopes to return to the club when rosters expand Sept. 1. He's been out since April 19.

Not much playing time to go around for Uribe

MIAMI -- The return of Adam Kennedy from the disabled list moves Juan Uribe even further down the third-base depth chart, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday.

"A.K. gives me a lefty side of that," said Mattingly, who uses Jerry Hairston and Luiz Cruz over Uribe when he wants a right-handed-hitting third baseman.

"It's hard to get [Uribe] in the lineup right now. I don't want anybody just sitting here. But at this point, with the everyday players we have and the guys he's competing with, the numbers don't line up.

"I don't know how to say it. I tried to get him going all year long. I came in thinking he'd be the guy [at third base]. He was better early. His defense has been good all year, but he's struggled for offense and I didn't know where else to go. We're down to our last 49 games, and we've got to win games. If he matches up [with the opposing pitcher], he'll play at third still."

Otherwise, Mattingly said, Uribe will be a pinch-hitter and a defensive replacement.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.