CHICAGO -- Dodgers catcher Dioner Navarro and reliever Hong-Chih Kuo, both on the 15-day disabled list, could return soon, Navarro as soon as Monday.
Navarro, the backup catcher who strained an oblique muscle the last week of Spring Training, is on a rehab assignment with Double-A Chattanooga, which is playing Sunday at Carolina, logistically convenient to Florida, where the Dodgers open a three-game series Monday night.
Manager Don Mattingly said that management was "still talking about it." Navarro played three innings Saturday and was scheduled for five Sunday "to make sure he's fresh if he's available," said Mattingly. "He's done everything. He seems to be ready. If he comes out OK today, tomorrow we'll make a decision."
Kuo, who went on the disabled list last week with lower back soreness and pitching wildness, pitched well in an extended Minor League game Saturday, is scheduled to start a rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga Monday and could be activated when he is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday.