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Capuano, A.J. Ellis nearing rehab assignments

Capuano, A.J. Ellis nearing rehab assignments

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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.

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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