Hawksworth ready for first game action

Hawksworth ready for first game action

PHOENIX -- Injured Dodgers reliever Blake Hawksworth, who underwent two elbow operations earlier this year, will continue his comeback on Thursday when he makes his first appearance in an intrasquad game at the club's Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex.

Hawksworth, who spent all of last year with the Dodgers, underwent what should have been relatively minor arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on 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.

The 29-year-old had a decent first season with the Dodgers after being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals for Ryan Theriot. He went 2-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 49 appearances, with one stint on the disabled list with a strained groin.

Hawksworth served as a middle and long reliever for the Dodgers. Because he is out of options, the club could lose him if it attempts to outright Hawksworth to the Minor Leagues.

The return of Hawksworth, or injured reliever Matt Guerrier, likely would put Todd Coffey's roster spot in jeopardy.