LOS ANGELES -- Don Mattingly doesn't have to ask closer Jonathan Broxton if he's still having arm problems to know the answer.
"The way I understand it is he's not gonna throw until [the pain] is gone, totally gone," the Dodgers manager said. "He's not throwing yet, so I'm thinking he still has some issues."
The Dodgers have received very little good news with Broxton since he was placed on the disabled list on May 4 with a bone spur in his right elbow. On a couple occasions, Broxton appeared ready to begin a rehab assignment but was unable to do so because of continued pain in the elbow.
Out two and a half months, Broxton's return has taken much longer than the Dodgers had originally hoped. Before Friday's game against the Nationals, Mattingly was asked how long Broxton would have to miss before the Dodgers would contemplate shelving him for the season.
"I haven't started doing that math," Mattingly said. "... I knew it was going to be awhile, but I'm kind of waiting on [finding out how long]."
Mattingly did get good news from injured third baseman Casey Blake earlier in the week, albeit simply from an assuring response when he asked how he was feeling.
Blake, who was struggling with a sprained neck before being placed on the disabled list July 3, responded with an upbeat "pretty good."
"That's the first time I've gotten any good news from you in awhile," Mattingly said he told Blake afterward.
Since then, Mattingly said Blake has been working out a little bit, the start of his recovery process.