6/28/2014 11:13 P.M. ET
Elbert enters final phase of rehab
By Ken Gurnick and Michael Lananna / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- After three elbow operations and 22 months since his last Major League appearance, Scott Elbert believes he'll be ready to help the Dodgers around the All-Star break.
The left-handed reliever is finally in a rehab without setbacks and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday at Dodger Stadium, then go to Triple-A Albuquerque to pitch in back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday, the final serious test of the Tommy John surgery on his elbow.
Elbert said his velocity is 88-91 mph ("free and easy") and his slider has "more depth" than it did in 2012.
"I'm not throwing across my body as much," he said. "I've had all the time in the world to work on that. I'm able to command both sides of the plate easier. I'm just happy to be back on the mound."
Manager Don Mattingly said Elbert will probably remain on his rehab assignment past Wednesday as he continues to rebuild arm strength.
"I'm happy with Scotty's progress," Mattingly said. "We've talked about it a number of times -- it's been awhile now where everything's been pretty much positive. There hasn't been any negatives. He hasn't skipped a 'pen. He's been moving along."
Hanley, Turner each exit game in second inning
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers infielders Hanley Ramirez and Justin Turner were injured during a six-run second inning of Saturday's game against the Cardinals, with Turner expected to go on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
Explanation from the Dodgers of the type and severity of Ramirez's injury was fuzzy. Ramirez said it was the right calf, a club official said it was the left. Manager Don Mattingly said he didn't know. Ramirez didn't act as if it was particularly serious.
Turner's is, even though he said he slowed to a trot when he felt it go as he rounded first on an RBI double. Turner said he didn't believe the injury was related to the right calf strain from which he just returned.
"Any time you get hurt and go on the disabled list is frustrating," said Turner, who is 37-for-99 with 17 RBIs since May 11. "It's more so when you feel so good at the plate."
Ramirez missed the previous four games with an arthritic shoulder and was inserted into Saturday's lineup an hour before first pitch. Manager Don Mattingly said he thinks Ramirez was hurt legging out an infield single in the first inning. Ramirez missed four games in May after injuring his left calf.
Miguel Rojas took over at shortstop and Juan Uribe at third base. Carlos Triunfel is expected to be recalled Sunday to take Turner's sport.
Mattingly touts Puig for Home Run Derby
LOS ANGELES -- The decision isn't Don Mattingly's to make -- it's up to National League captain Troy Tulowitzki -- but the Dodgers manager said Saturday he thinks outfielder Yasiel Puig could hold his own in the Home Run Derby.
"I think he would be really good, really good," Mattingly said of Puig, who has 11 homers this season. "I'd like his chances to win the thing."
Some have argued the Derby can have a negative impact on players' swings, but Mattingly isn't one of those people.
"You watch these guys take BP, they launch them all the time," Mattingly said. "I think some guys are better than other guys at it."
As of the most recent update, Puig leads all NL outfielders in fan voting. He's looking to become only the second Dodgers outfielder to accomplish that feat, with the last being Darryl Strawberry in 1991.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
Mattingly cast his own vote Saturday, voicing praise for second baseman Dee Gordon and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
"Dee's played really well. He's deserving of consideration -- that's for sure," Mattingly said. "I think Adrian's another guy who's worth consideration. Yasiel, obviously."
Ken Gurnickis a reporter for MLB.com. Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.