Rehabbing Dodgers getting closer

Rehabbing Dodgers getting closer

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Marcus Thames missed another start with a sore quad muscle on Friday, while manager Don Mattingly said Jay Gibbons and Dioner Navarro continue to make progress in their injury-rehabilitation assignments.

Thames came out of Wednesday night's game after scoring from first base on Aaron Miles' triple and aggravating a quad muscle that had been bothering him for a few days. Mattingly said Thames was available for pinch-hitting. Tony Gwynn started in left field and led off on Friday night.

Gibbons missed the last two games for Triple-A Albuquerque for another eye exam, but Mattingly said he's rejoining the Isotopes on the road and his vision problems are diminishing. Mattingly said he expects Gibbons back when his 20-day assignment ends on April 26.

Navarro, out with a torn oblique muscle, is catching and batting right-handed in extended spring training games and has begun batting left-handed in batting practice. Mattingly said once Navarro can bat left-handed in games, he will begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment, perhaps at Double-A Chattanooga, and could rejoin the Dodgers on their next trip that ends in Florida.