Casey Blake seeks timely return

Updated: March 23, 2011, 10:23 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake took what appeared to be a major step forward Wednesday in his effort to get back onto the field after being sidelined for the past week and a half because of inflammation in his lower back.

In addition to doing what he was scheduled to do, which was to take ground balls and throw, Blake wound up taking live batting practice at least one day ahead of schedule.

"Casey had a really good day," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly ...

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