LOS ANGELES -- Jonathan Broxton played catch in left field at Dodger Stadium a few hours before Monday's game against the Brewers.
It marked the first time Broxton has thrown on the field since going on the disabled list May 6 because of a bruised right elbow, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that isn't a sign that his ailing closer is starting his journey back to the bullpen.
Broxton lightly tossed the ball for a couple of minutes in the outfield as team trainer Stan Conte watched.
"It sounds like it's just a toss more than it is really trying to get to anything," Mattingly said. "Really just trying to keep his shoulder moving."
There's no timetable set for Broxton, and Mattingly didn't say what the next step would entail. But the plan is to eventually get him back to the point where he can extend himself and throw in the bullpen before a possible rehab assignment.
Broxton declined to talk after the throwing session.
Broxton showed a diminished velocity in his 14 appearances this season before being placed on the DL. In 12 2/3 innings, he's allowed eight earned runs on 15 hits and nine walks with 10 strikeouts.