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Dodgers reliever Blake Hawksworth out until mid-May

Mar 26, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Initially when Blake Hawksworth underwent elbow surgery in January his status for Opening Day was said to be in question, but now it turns out the Dodgers right-hander is expected to miss much of the first half.

Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News reports that Hawksworth won’t return from the disabled list until at least mid-May “even under the most optimistic scenario” because an infection following his first surgery led to a second operation two weeks later.

Don Mattingly indicated that Hawksworth will need 45 days to rebuild his arm strength and that clock won’t start ticking until he’s advanced to throwing off a mound, but so far he’s limited to playing catch on flat ground.

In other words, it’s going to be a while.

  1. tmohr - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Good news, though – with a name like that, he has a soap opera career to fall back on.

  2. joey420415 - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    YES!

  3. cup0pizza - Mar 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    He was a very pleasant surprise last season, but he isn’t really a lynchpin to any significant success the Dodgers might have. Wish him a full recovery and that he doesn’t risk returning too quickly.

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