LOS ANGELES -- Blake Hawksworth has a hip condition and not a strained right groin, an MRI revealed on Friday, but the injured Dodgers reliever said he's hopeful to be throwing again in less than two weeks.
Hawksworth, placed on the disabled list on May 11 with what was believed to be a strained groin, aggravated the injury during a scoreless one-inning rehab assignment Wednesday at Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Hawksworth had a similar injury last Spring Training with St. Louis.
"The first MRI in Pittsburgh showed a hip impingement, and that was without the dye, and today I had the dye," said Hawksworth. "I was so close. This time, I felt it a little warming up and when the game started, it kind of stayed."
Hawksworth is one of four Dodgers relievers on the DL. Jonathan Broxton, out since May 4 with a bruised elbow, is throwing regularly on flat ground and soon will graduate to the mound.
Hong-Chih Kuo, out since May 10 with anxiety disorder, is trying to rebuild his confidence while throwing at the Dodgers' training complex in Arizona.
Vicente Padilla, placed on the DL May 14 with irritation of the radial nerve that required February surgery, threw his first bullpen session on Friday.
Padilla said it went well, but he won't know for sure until he sees if there is discomfort Saturday. If not, he said he plans to throw again Sunday.
Not surprisingly, manager Don Mattingly said Friday that sorting out his bullpen options on a daily basis has been the most challenging aspect of his rookie season at the helm.
"Trying to figure it out is demanding, because we don't have that guy to get the ball to him in the ninth inning," he said. "We've had to go to youth [Javy Guerra, Scott Elbert and Rubby De La Rosa]."