Guerra getting close to Minors rehab stint

Guerra getting close to Minors rehab stint

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers reliever Javy Guerra, who underwent right knee surgery June 5, could be headed out for a Minor League rehab assignment as early as next week.

Guerra had another bullpen session Tuesday, followed by pitchers' fielding practice, and manager Don Mattingly said Guerra will either have back-to-back bullpen sessions Thursday and Friday or even face hitters.

Guerra's injury was believed to have occurred when he was struck by a Brian McCann line drive in the jaw on April 25. After contact, Guerra spun toward his right and his spikes might have stuck. He remained in the game, suffered a blown save and two weeks later lost the closer job to Kenley Jansen.

In other health news, Matt Kemp and Mark Ellis continued recoveries from leg injuries. Neither has any soreness and Ellis has begun making cuts around the bases, which has been his biggest issue lately.

They also could be a week away from Minor League rehab assignments.