GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers reliever Blake Hawksworth resumed playing catch this week after being delayed by complications following elbow surgery.
Hawksworth underwent what should have been relatively minor arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Jan. 11 to remove a bone spur and scar tissue. But a post-surgical infection developed that required a second cleansing procedure and powerful antibiotics, setting back his recovery.
Hawksworth said he does not know of a timetable for throwing off a mound or in a game. He is expected to remain in Arizona for extended Spring Training.
The 28-year-old Hawksworth had a decent first season with the Dodgers after being acquired from the Cardinals for Ryan Theriot. He went 3-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 49 appearances, with one stint on the disabled list with a strained groin muscle.
Hawksworth served as a middle and long reliever for the Dodgers. Because he is out of options, he was considered likely to make the Opening Day roster.
In the wake of his surgery and infection, the Dodgers signed reliever Todd Coffey to a guaranteed contract and non-roster invitee Jamey Wright is now competing for the final spot in the bullpen.