Ailing Dodgers all making progress

Ailing Dodgers all making progress

DENVER -- Manager Don Mattingly said his injured Dodgers seemed to be slightly improved Sunday.

Ted Lilly, who came out of Saturday's start in the fifth inning with a stiff neck, is still on track to make his Friday start, although because of Thursday's off-day Lilly could be pushed back without requiring anybody to pitch on short rest.

Casey Blake reported improvement in his neck and arm discomfort and was able to throw and hit off a tee.

Andre Ethier returned to the lineup after missing two starts with an infected big right toe and Rod Barajas was available Sunday but didn't start two days after leaving a game with a tight groin muscle.

With the bullpen used thoroughly Saturday and shorthanded, Mattingly said Hiroki Kuroda volunteered to hold off on his bullpen session in order to pitch Sunday, if needed.