Dodgers hope Lilly, Elbert return for stretch run

Dodgers hope Lilly, Elbert return for stretch run

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers called up 21-year-old lefty Steven Rodriguez on Wednesday and they might have a couple more familiar southpaws on the way to bolster their bullpen.

Ted Lilly, who has been out since May 24 with left shoulder inflammation and stalled because of back pain, threw a simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.

He threw about 28 pitches and said he felt fine on the mound. He said the back pain is pretty much gone and he is still hopeful to throw out of the bullpen this season.

Manager Don Mattingly said Lilly would be used in a limited role to get a lefty out late in the game here and there. He said Lilly's fastball was at its regular 85-86 mph range.

Reliever Scott Elbert, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 27 with elbow inflammation, played catch Wednesday.

"When he comes back, we're not going to be able to use him like we have in the past," Mattingly said. "It'll be another situation where we'll use him sparingly. Not going to let him warm up two or three times."

If the team needs it, Mattingly also said starters Joe Blanton and Aaron Harang can provide bullpen relief down the stretch.