Notes: Broxton gets a breather

Notes: Broxton gets a breather

LOS ANGELES -- Manager Grady Little said he was taking inventory on his pitchers and decided prior to Sunday's game that relievers Jonathan Broxton and Roberto Hernandez would be unavailable to pitch in the afternoon game.

Broxton, who has been a workhorse for the Dodgers out of the 'pen, has thrown at least an inning in the last three games, including two scoreless frames in Saturday night's 14-inning loss. Broxton said he felt his arm was a little tired and said he welcomed the day off, especially with the team having a travel day on Monday.

"I threw three days in a row, and that gets to you a little," Broxton said. "It's not so much the game, but you know, when you have to fire it up two or three days in a row, that gets to you."

Broxton has been one of the most consistent relievers for the Dodgers this season, going 4-2 with 2.27 ERA in 62 games, which ties him with Joe Beimel for the most appearances on the team. Broxton threw 19 pitches on Thursday, 24 on Friday and 29 Saturday, not allowing a run in each appearance while striking out six in four innings.

"What's really tough is when you warm up and then you don't end up pitching -- that wears on you," Broxton said. "I'll go out there if the team needs me to, but Grady and I talked last night, and he felt it'd be good to give me a rest."

Broxton has not allowed a homer in his last 93 games, extending his record for the longest streak in L.A. Dodgers history and the fifth-longest streak in baseball since the Dodgers moved to L.A. in 1958.

This season, Broxton has gone 63 1/3 innings without allowing a homer, the highest single-season total for a Dodgers pitcher since 1968, when Jack Billingham pitched 70 2/3 frames without giving one up.

Broxton said he knows he has a streak going, but he said it's not something he thinks about when he's out on the mound.

"There's no point in thinking about that stuff when you're out there pitching," Broxton said. "I just have to keep the ball low in the zone and make my pitches. It's not something I worry about from pitch to pitch."

Broxton, who is being groomed to become the team's future closer, has allowed one run in his last 11 1/3 innings, while striking out 15 in that span.

Hernandez, who gave up three runs in two innings Saturday, will also be unavailable for the game. Hernandez has appeared in 1,001 games in his career, and at 42 years old, the righty usually does not pitch in back-to-back games.

Stults and Tomko: With Broxton and Hernandez unavailable, Little said starting pitchers Eric Stults, who was due to throw a bullpen session Sunday, and Brett Tomko, who will start Tuesday, will be available in an emergency situation.

Stults is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in four games out of the bullpen this season, and Tomko is 0-2 with a 6.57 ERA in 18 games out of the 'pen.

Martin's legs: Russell Martin, who caught all 14 innings Saturday night, stole his 19th and 20th bases of the season, setting the franchise mark for stolen bases by a catcher in a single season. Martin surpassed Brooklyn's Con Daily (18 in 1892), and the second base bag was placed in the Dodger archives after the game.

If Martin hits one more homer this season, he'll become the first catcher with 15 homers and 20 steals since Ivan Rodriguez did it in 1999.

A hitter's yard? Dodger Stadium is known as a pitcher's ballpark, but try telling that to Matt Kemp. The Dodgers outfielder, who homered in the first inning Saturday night while batting third for the fourth time in his career, has hit all eight of his home runs at Chavez Ravine, and 12 of his 15 career round-trippers have come at home.

Coming up: After an off-day Monday, Tomko (2-10, 5.67 ERA) takes on Philadelphia right-hander Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 3.94) on Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. PT at Citizens Bank Park.

Jayson Addcox is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.