Hong-Chih Kuo to pitch in rehab stint

Updated: April 23, 2011, 2:30 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

CHICAGO -- Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo, who is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday, will begin a two-game rehabilitation assignment Monday at Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

He will pitch on consecutive days for the Quakes, something club officials have been reluctant to do in recent years because of Kuo's history of arm problems.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated it isn't necessarily a sign he is more comfortable using Kuo on back-to-back days.

"We'll just kind of see where it goes,'' Mattingly said.

Kuo has been on the DL since April 16 with a left lower-back strain, which is believed to be responsible for the uncharacteristic control problems he was experiencing early in the season.

Mattingly said Kuo will make one more appearance at extended spring training Saturday in Glendale, Ariz., then return to Los Angeles on Sunday before beginning his rehab.

Meanwhile, catcher Hector Gimenez, who has been on the 15-day DL since April 10 with inflammation in his right knee, will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles after he experienced enough pain when he tried to run on the knee that it became clear it wasn't getting any better.

Mattingly said Gimenez is expected to return sometime this season.

Also, Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe was out of the lineup Saturday against the Chicago Cubs because of soreness in his upper leg, but Mattingly said neither Uribe nor trainer Stan Conte expected the injury to keep the player out for more than one game.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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