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Briefs: Closer Broxton placed on DL by Dodgers

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NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton will be sidelined for at least a month and maybe longer with a bone bruise in the back of his right elbow.

An All-Star in each of the last two seasons, Broxton was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Dodgers on Friday. The Dodgers sent him for an MRI exam earlier in the week after noticing a 6 mph drop in his velocity.

"Somewhere between two and three weeks of not throwing at all," manager Don Mattingly said before Friday night's series opener at the New York Mets. "I'd be guessing after that."

Once Broxton starts throwing again, he will need to build up arm strength and then go on a minor league rehabilitation assignment. Mattingly said four-to-six weeks would be a reasonable guess for his return to the major leagues. Full Story

Hamilton, Cruz working way back from injury

Josh Hamilton took 125 swings with a fungo bat off a tee Friday in a major step forward in his rehab from a fractured humerus bone in his right arm.

Hamilton was expected to return to the Rangers in late May or early June, but may have pushed up that timetable to mid- to late-May.

"Two to three weeks," Hamilton told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "The biggest thing is just letting the bone heal. That's what is holding me back. Physically, running around and throwing is fine."

Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz ran sprints Friday to test his sore right quad in an attempt to force his way back into the lineup Saturday after injuring his quad in Wednesday's game.

Utley headed to Florida, Oswalt to the doctor

PHILADELPHIA -- Injured Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is going to extended spring training and pitcher Roy Oswalt is going to the doctor.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said before Friday night's game against the Atlanta Braves that Utley will play at least one inning in a game at Dunedin, Fla., on Saturday.

Amaro also said that Oswalt is feeling discomfort in his lower back and will be examined by team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti. Oswalt returned to the Phillies on Thursday after spending eight days with his family in tornado-ravaged Mississippi.

In mid-April, Oswalt came out of a game after hurting his lower back running the bases.

Reds likely to move Leake to long-relief role

CHICAGO -- Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake will likely move from the starting rotation into the bullpen in a long-relief role.

Homer Bailey beat the Houston Astros on Thursday to earn his first victory of the year after being shelved with a shoulder problem. Johnny Cueto is slated to make his season debut Sunday against the Chicago Cubs after dealing with irritation in his biceps and triceps.

That leaves Leake as the odd man out.

Manager Dusty Baker said Friday that Leake, who was involved in a shoplifting case earlier this season, could move to the bullpen. He is 3-1 with a 5.77 ERA.

Braves to start top prospect Teheran on Saturday

PHILADELPHIA -- Right-hander Julio Teheran, the top prospect in Atlanta's system, will make his major league debut against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.

Teheran, 20, is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts with Triple-A Gwinnett this season, striking out 25 against eight walks while limiting opponents to a .118 batting average.

The Braves needed a starter to avoid pitching either Tim Hudson or Tommy Hanson on short rest, as both started in Wednesday's doubleheader against Milwaukee.

Right-hander Jair Jurrjens (3-0, 1.52 ERA), originally listed as Saturday's starter, is being pushed back to Sunday.

Padres place C Hundley on DL, select Phillips

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres have placed catcher Nick Hundley on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained muscle in his right side.

The Padres purchased the contract of catcher Kyle Phillips from Double-A San Antonio serve as backup to Rob Johnson. Hundley's moves is retroactive to Thursday.

The Padres transferred infielder Jarrett Hoffpauir from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.

Hundley was hurt taking a swing in Wednesday's loss to Pittsburgh. He was hitting .263 with three home runs and 12 RBI.

Jason Kendall eyeing return in late June

Jason Kendall was once hoping to return to the Royals for Opening Day after suffering a season-ending tear to the rotator cuff last season. That obviously was not the case, but the veteran backstop is no longer trying to press his schedule.

"I have to continue to do this the right way if I'm going to continue to play -- not just play one week and end my career," Kendall told MLB.com. "Because I understand it was as major as major can get. Is it frustrating? Absolutely, but I also know what I have to do to play another four years."

Kendall believes he'll be ready in just over a month in either late June or early July, but isn't shooting for a specific date and rather is marking it by progress. He's already experiencing zero pain after still feeling the effects of the injury and surgery as recently as two weeks ago.

"Whenever I'm ready to go, whenever I can catch four days in a row and have a day off and catch the next day is when I'll go," he said.

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