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Capuano, A.J. Ellis nearing rehab assignments

Capuano, A.J. Ellis nearing rehab assignments

Capuano, A.J. Ellis nearing rehab assignments

LOS ANGELES -- Disabled Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano is aiming for a Minor League rehab start Friday for Triple-A Albuquerque, and disabled catcher A.J. Ellis could appear in one for Class A Rancho Cucamonga as soon as Tuesday night.

Capuano, out since May 30 with a left lat strain, plans to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, start for the Isotopes on Friday and be ready to start for the Dodgers next Wednesday night in New York against the Yankees.

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He would replace Matt Magill, who was returned to Albuquerque after Sunday's 3 2/3-inning losing start against the Braves. Because of days off Thursday and next Monday, the Dodgers don't need a fifth starter until June 19.

Ellis, on the disabled list since May 30 with a slight oblique strain, worked out before Monday's game. He is eligible to be activated Friday, when the Dodgers open a three-game series in Pittsburgh.

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

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