CHICAGO -- All those injured Dodgers are starting to heal.
Shortstop Rafael Furcal, out five weeks with a broken left thumb, will arrive in Chicago on Saturday and could be activated by Sunday after completing a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque. Furcal even escaped serious injury to a knee while sliding in his last game.
Third baseman Casey Blake was given a full workout on Friday and, if he comes out of it healthy Saturday, could begin a Minor League assignment with Albuquerque on Sunday or Monday. Blake has been out a month after surgery for a staph infection in his left elbow, and he could return to the Dodgers next weekend.
Reliever Blake Hawksworth, who suffered a strained right groin on May 10, is expected to pitch on Monday and Wednesday in rehab outings at Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and could rejoin the club at the end of next week.
Reliever Vicente Padilla, disabled on Thursday with inflammation in his surgically repaired right forearm, had an injection on Friday, and manager Don Mattingly said he was optimistic Padilla would quickly start a rehab assignment and be out the minimum 15 days.
Closer Jonathan Broxton is scheduled to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles to receive clearance to pick up the pace of his workouts. Because of a bruised elbow suffered two weeks ago, Broxton has been soft tossing.Backup closer Hong-Chih Kuo, out with anxiety disorder that led to the yips, takes the first step in his comeback by reporting to the club's Arizona complex in Glendale. Kuo spent three months with similar issues in 2009 and was in Arizona for most of that time.
Marcus Thames continues to make progress from a quad strain suffered on May 2, and Mattingly said the outfielder might start a rehab assignment by the end of next week.
GM Colletti hesitant to rush into deal
CHICAGO -- Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he's looking for help outside the organization "a little bit," but remains optimistic that the club can overcome its slow start.
"I'd have to really talk some team into it, and really pay to do it -- overpay," Colletti said of a trade. "I still think if we get ourselves healthier, we'll be in it. We were right there, three games out a few days ago. No other club has lost the players we've lost. We're going to be all right."
The Dodgers have suffered 14 disabling injuries and currently have eight players on the disabled list, including relievers Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo, Vicente Padilla and Blake Hawksworth.
"To make a deal in May, the other club is either moving a contract or taking a player who's a detriment to the club off the club, and there would be a lot of prospects [leaving the Dodgers] attached to the other end," Colletti said. "There still are a lot of clubs trying to get their feet underneath them."
Kemp gets a break at DH for Interleague opener
CHICAGO -- Saying he's at a disadvantage playing Interleague games on the road because his roster lacks designated-hitter types, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly utilized the rule to give center fielder Matt Kemp a break.
Kemp was the designated hitter for the first time in his Major League career for Friday night's series opener against the White Sox. Mattingly used Tony Gwynn in center with Jay Gibbons in left and Andre Ethier in right.
Mattingly said he would give Ethier a break on Saturday and use him as designated hitter.
"With the righty [White Sox starter Philip Humber] tonight, it's Kemp, and we'll give Andre tomorrow [against left-hander Mark Buehrle]," said Mattingly. "You can't take these guys out of the lineup, so this gives their legs a day off without the fielding thing. We did it in the AL all the time. A DH day and you feel like you had the day off the next day."
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Mattingly also started Dioner Navarro behind the plate to give Rod Barajas a day off in the aftermath of the overnight flight the Dodgers took following Thursday night's game. The club arrived at its hotel at 6:30 a.m. CT
And Aaron Miles, who hit .320 on the recent homestand, missed his second consecutive game with a tight rib-cage muscle that he and Mattingly said was minor. Mattingly slid Juan Uribe from third base to second and started rookie Russell Mitchell, who hit a game-tying homer in the ninth inning, at third.
"Miles was ready to pinch-hit last night, but he doesn't feel 100 percent," said Mattingly. "It's not serious."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.