LOS ANGELES -- Chris Capuano threw a bullpen session Friday to test his strained left groin, and manager Don Mattingly said the left-hander would assume a relief role for the time being.
Capuano has started 20 games this season, but he began the year in the bullpen and made two relief appearances before joining the rotation. He's made 27 relief appearances in his career and could have value in that role for the Dodgers in the postseason.
"We're going to use him out of the 'pen for right now," Mattingly said. "It doesn't mean he won't get a start as we go forward. We'll see where we go with that."
In other injury news, Mattingly said Matt Kemp ran curves in the outfield at the Dodgers' Spring Training facility at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Kemp, on the disabled list for the third time this season, had not run on the field since experiencing tightness in his right hamstring last week.
"It sounded like he had a good day again," Mattingly said. "He's still progressing. Once [the athletic training staff] let him outside and he starts doing that, I know they're feeling a little more comfortable. That leads me to believe he's feeling pretty good."
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.