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08/29/09 3:59 PM ET

Kuroda tosses successful simulated game

Barring headaches, righty could be ready for rehab stint

CINCINNATI -- Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda tossed a successful simulated game before Saturday's contest against the Reds. Kuroda has been on the 15-day disabled list after he was hit in the right temple by a line drive by the D-backs' Rusty Ryal on Aug. 15.

Kuroda had already thrown one bullpen session Wednesday with no problems. He is 5-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 15 starts this season.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Kuroda threw 15 pitches with no screen when infielder Juan Castro didn't swing. He then threw 20 more pitches with the screen up and Castro swinging.

"I didn't sense any kind of reaction," Torre said. "There were even a couple of balls hit in his direction. Let's see how he feels tomorrow."

Torre said if Kuroda doesn't have any headaches Sunday, he likely will go out on a rehab assignment next week.

"We're not going to tell him what to do," Torre said. "Everything is going to be based on his physical well-being."

Steve Gartner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.