03/25/09 4:10 PM ET
Injuries piling up for Dodgers
Right elbow irritates Young; Billingsley to throw off mound Thursday
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Add to the growing list pinch-hitter Delwyn Young, whose surgically repaired right elbow flared up on a swing Friday night and has taken him out of action. An MRI on Tuesday showed no damage more than irritation from the area that underwent offseason cleanup and the relocation of the ulna nerve.
Young is out of options, meaning the Dodgers can't send him to the Minor Leagues without risking losing him off waivers to another club. Until this week, it seemed he had lost his job as primary pinch-hitter to Mark Loretta, but Loretta is sidelined with a groin strain he suffered Monday. He reported improvement Wednesday but will still miss several more days.
Speaking of groin strains, Chad Billingsley's continues to cause some discomfort, both in his right leg and management's peace of mind. He played catch Tuesday and planned to on Wednesday. He is tentatively scheduled to try to throw lightly off a mound Thursday to see how it reacts. Manager Joe Torre said it's too soon to say Billingsley would miss a start, but it's unlikely he'll be allowed to pitch unless he feels 100 percent.
Outfielder Jason Repko, who came out of Tuesday night's game when he felt a slight twinge in his left hamstring, said it was no worse Wednesday morning and he expected to work out with the club. Repko is competing with rookie Xavier Paul for a fifth outfielder job, if the club keeps that many.
Blake DeWitt said he was ready for action after shaking off a right thigh bruise and Jason Schmidt said he came out of his Minor League game with no unexpected soreness. Schmidt's fastball touched 89 mph in that game. Matt Kemp returned from a day off to correct a contact lens problem.
Catcher A.J. Ellis was sent home for the day Wednesday after becoming dehydrated because of flu-like symptoms.
Bullpen coach Ken Howell rejoined the club after a week away necessitated by the removal of a toe due to complications from diabetes.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.