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Kuroda happy with first rehab start

Kuroda happy with first rehab start

LOS ANGELES -- Injured Opening Day starter Hiroki Kuroda said he was satisfied with the way he came out of his first rehab start on Friday night and expected to make another one for Class A Inland Empire on Wednesday night.

Kuroda, out since April 7 with a strained left oblique muscle, made 58 pitches and allowed one unearned run in 3 2/3 innings. Manager Joe Torre anticipates Kuroda making the Wednesday start and one more five days later (possibly for Albuquerque) before the club intends to activate him. That projects to a June 6 return.

"Since I pitched with a lot of intensity, there's a little bit of tightness, but it's very normal," said Kuroda. "There's no pain or discomfort like before. I'm a little tight all over my body, but that's very common from a game. I have the same tightness in my shoulder and back."

Kuroda said he was able to throw all of his pitches and his command was good enough that he had no walks.

Meanwhile, injured outfielder Xavier Paul remains hospitalized while being treated for a staph infection.

And pitcher Jeff Weaver, who developed a blood blister during his Wednesday night spot start, was still unavailable on Saturday with the finger bandaged, but Torre anticipated Weaver returning to the bullpen on Sunday. Eric Milton, Tuesday's scheduled starter, was being reserved for long relief on Saturday night.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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