LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Jonathan Broxton suffered a setback this weekend in his effort to come back from the bone bruise in his right elbow, putting his rehabilitation program on hold for the moment.
Broxton had been scheduled to make back-to-back appearances for advanced Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday and Monday, then possibly be activated in time for Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim.
"He felt a little stiffness in his elbow (playing catch on Saturday),'' manager Don Mattingly said. "We're going to give him another day and try to make a decision (on Monday).''
Meanwhile, outfielder Marcus Thames appears to have avoided the disabled list after suffering a strained left calf running out a double on Friday night against the Angels. Mattingly was concerned about playing a man short during this week's interleague road series, but Thames is physically well enough to be used as a designated hitter or a pinch hitter, although Mattingly said he still isn't comfortable using Thames in the outfield.
Broxton has been on the 15-day DL since May 6. He made two rehab appearances for Triple-A Albuquerque last week and appeared to have no issues. Mattingly also said last week that he hoped to eventually return Broxton to the closer's role, which he had basically lost before getting hurt, but that he wouldn't do it as soon as Broxton came back.
Mattingly said getting Broxton back Friday is no longer a goal.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.