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Capuano targeting Saturday for rehab start

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NEW YORK -- Chris Capuano was scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday, which would put him on schedule to make a rehab start on Saturday. He is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on May 2, a day off for the Dodgers.

Manager Don Mattingly said that Capuano had not tested his mild calf strain by running, but he has passed all other physical exams and is on target to be activated on time.

"Then it's just a matter of where to fit him in," Mattingly said.

That implies that Capuano is being viewed as a replacement in the rotation for either the veteran Ted Lilly, Wednesday night's starter, or Stephen Fife, who is scheduled to make his second start in place of the injured Chad Billingsley on Saturday night, against Milwaukee.

Capuano first felt the strain during pregame warmups on April 11 but aggravated the calf running in from the bullpen that night during the Dodgers-Padres brawl, in which Zack Greinke was injured. Capuano took Greinke's next start, on April 16, but lasted only two-plus innings before leaving with the injury.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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