Elbert nearing return on list of rehabbing Dodgers

Elbert nearing return on list of rehabbing Dodgers

Elbert nearing return on list of rehabbing Dodgers
ATLANTA -- Dodgers reliever Scott Elbert was scheduled to pitch to one batter Friday night for Double-A Chattanooga and fly to Atlanta on Saturday to rejoin the club, although no decision has been made on when to activate him, manager Don Mattingly said.

Elbert is out with elbow inflammation and throwing Friday night would be a final test because it would be on back-to-back days.

Dee Gordon on Friday was cleared to resume hitting and throwing, nearly six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Jerry Hairston is in Arizona rehabbing his injured left hip at the Dodgers' Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex. The club was still awaiting second opinions, but apparently surgery will not be required at this time.

Rubby De La Rosa, returning from Tommy John surgery, will start Saturday in the Arizona Rookie League and is scheduled for 60 pitches, which would put him on track for starting duties in September, if needed.

Ted Lilly and Matt Guerrier are scheduled for rehab appearances at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday. Lilly (shoulder issues) won't have a sufficient pitch count to start and more likely would be used in relief if he returns in September. Guerrier has been out since April 19 with elbow tendinosis.

Justin Sellers is considering whether to undergo back surgery on a bulging disk or continue conservative treatment. Either way, he's shut down and probably finished for the season.