Elbert, Lilly working to return this season

Elbert, Lilly working to return this season

PHOENIX -- As the season winds down, the Dodgers are beginning to see where several players stand in their hopes to return before the 2012 campaign ends.

Left-handed reliever Scott Elbert, who has been shelved since Aug. 26 with elbow inflammation, threw a bullpen session at Chase Field on Tuesday for the first time, while starting pitcher Ted Lilly, on the disabled list since May, tossed a simulated game.

With 21 games remaining before the postseason begins, the Dodgers aren't sure if either will return this year.

"Not quite sure where that takes us," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Moving forward, it's getting to the end of the month."

Meanwhile, two players who certainly won't see the field again in 2012 are outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. and shortstop Jerry Hairston.

"I don't think we'll see 'T' this year," Mattingly said of Gwynn, whom the club designated for assignment in early August. "It's a 40-man-roster issue."

Hairston, on the other hand, underwent surgery Monday on his injured hip.

"I haven't heard from him since, but I heard it went OK," Mattingly said.