ST. LOUIS -- Dodgers starter Brad Penny said he expects to be ready to make a Friday night return from the disabled list in San Francisco, but reliever Scott Proctor suffered a setback with his injured elbow over the weekend, and time is running out for Jason Schmidt to avoid missing the entire season.
Penny came out of his Saturday night rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas in Oklahoma City feeling fine after six weeks on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.
"I didn't expect anything different than what happened," said Penny. "Everything was fine."
That wasn't the case for Proctor, who made a Saturday night appearance for Class A Inland Empire. He was sore Sunday and worse Monday, so he's been shut down. Any time an elbow is involved, the fear is Tommy John reconstructive ligament replacement surgery. The club said he will be reevaluated in a week. Proctor was disabled on June 22.
Schmidt said over the weekend that he's running out of time on this season. He's been sidelined since undergoing career-threatening shoulder surgery 14 months ago. He has been shut down for the past two weeks after receiving a cortisone injection in his bursa sac. He said he hoped to throw a bullpen session in Los Angeles this week.
As Schmidt pointed out, however, the Minor League season ends in four weeks. Any more setbacks, and Schmidt would be unable to rebuild arm strength with a rehab assignment.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.