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Jonathan Broxton’s first rehab inning: 1 run, 2 strikeouts

Jun 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Jonathan Broxton started his rehab assignment last night by allowing one run in one inning at Triple-A.

He gave up one hit and one walk while striking out two batters, throwing 12 of 23 pitches for strikes.

Broxton hasn’t pitched since May 3 and was terrible before being shut down, so presumably the Dodgers will ask him to make more than just a couple appearances in the minors before rejoining the team even if they could use the bullpen help immediately.

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Broxton will make his second appearance Thursday and manager Don Mattingly was non-committal when asked about the closer’s return.

  1. jimtron11 - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Broxton’s fastball ranged b/t 91-97 MPH, which is a good sign considering he was topping out at 91-92 prior to his having been placed on the DL. I’m guessing the Dodgers will return Broxton to the closer role rather quickly in order to showcase him for a potential deadline trade. As we saw with Matt Capps, accumulating saves can only increase a reliever’s perceived worth.

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