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Injured Dodgers trio takes steps forward

Injured Dodgers trio takes steps forward

Injured Dodgers trio takes steps forward

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley is on the comeback trail following season-ending surgery on his pitching elbow and has started a throwing program.

Billingsley is working out at the Dodgers' Spring Training facility at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. The right-hander made two starts with the Dodgers this season before undergoing Tommy John surgery in April.

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Matt Kemp is also rehabbing in Arizona, and the Dodgers remain optimistic the outfielder could play in the Majors before the end of the month. Kemp ran on an anti-gravity treadmill Thursday for the second time in as many days after feeling tightness in his right hamstring last week. With the Dodgers opening a four-game series on the road against the D-backs Monday, Kemp will have a chance to be evaluated by the club's medical staff.

Chris Capuano is scheduled to test his strained left groin in a bullpen session Friday. If all goes well, the left-hander could return to the rotation for the remainder of the regular season or transition to a relief role as a likely tryout for the postseason.

"Cap has pitched out of the 'pen before, and you don't use five starters if we can get there [the postseason], so we do have to see if there's going to be value there," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

Capuano is 4-7 with a 4.46 ERA in 20 starts this season. He's made 27 relief appearances in his career, including two this year.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. 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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