Injured Dodgers continue to make progress

Injured Dodgers continue to make progress

Injured Dodgers continue to make progress
CHICAGO -- All those injured Dodgers are starting to heal.

Shortstop Rafael Furcal, out five weeks with a broken left thumb, will arrive in Chicago on Saturday and could be activated by Sunday after completing a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque. Furcal even escaped serious injury to a knee while sliding in his last game.

Third baseman Casey Blake was given a full workout on Friday and, if he comes out of it healthy Saturday, could begin a Minor League assignment with Albuquerque on Sunday or Monday. Blake has been out a month after surgery for a staph infection in his left elbow, and he could return to the Dodgers next weekend.

Reliever Blake Hawksworth, who suffered a strained right groin on May 10, is expected to pitch on Monday and Wednesday in rehab outings at Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and could rejoin the club at the end of next week.

Reliever Vicente Padilla, disabled on Thursday with inflammation in his surgically repaired right forearm, had an injection on Friday, and manager Don Mattingly said he was optimistic Padilla would quickly start a rehab assignment and be out the minimum 15 days.

Closer Jonathan Broxton is scheduled to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles to receive clearance to pick up the pace of his workouts. Because of a bruised elbow suffered two weeks ago, Broxton has been soft tossing.

Backup closer Hong-Chih Kuo, out with anxiety disorder that led to the yips, takes the first step in his comeback by reporting to the club's Arizona complex in Glendale. Kuo spent three months with similar issues in 2009 and was in Arizona for most of that time.

Marcus Thames continues to make progress from a quad strain suffered on May 2, and Mattingly said the outfielder might start a rehab assignment by the end of next week.