Dinged up Rivera, Harang show improvement

Dinged up Rivera, Harang show improvement

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers Juan Rivera (strained left hamstring) and Aaron Harang (bruised left foot) reported improvement Wednesday in their respective injuries suffered Tuesday night.

Rivera, who strained a left hamstring running out a sixth-inning infield single, was out of the lineup Wednesday night but took batting practice. Manager Don Mattingly said the outfielder won't be placed on the disabled list if he is able to pinch-hit and run for himself by the weekend.

"He was getting tonight off anyway after playing five or six straight, and Sue [Falsone, trainer] said he was able to do more than she thought he would," said Mattingly. "He's day to day. If it lingers, we'll think about doing something different."

Rivera said he's on medication and his leg felt better than it did when he left the ballpark Tuesday night. He said it had bothered him prior to Tuesday, but he shut it down when he felt it worsen running to first base.

Harang said he did not expect to miss his scheduled bullpen session on Friday in preparation for his next start, Monday in Denver. He fouled a pitch off his foot in a third-inning at-bat, and it swelled as the game went on. He was removed after six innings.

"It's sore, like any bruise," said Harang.