Los Angeles Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton will be sidelined for at least a month and maybe longer with a bone bruise in the back of his right elbow.
An All-Star in each of the last two seasons, Broxton was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. The Dodgers sent him for an MRI exam earlier in the week after noticing a 6 mph drop in his velocity.
”Somewhere between two and three weeks of not throwing at all,” manager Don Mattingly said before Friday night’s series opener at the New York Mets. ”I’d be guessing after that.”
Once Broxton starts throwing again, he will need to build up arm strength and then go on a minor league rehabilitation assignment. Mattingly said four-to-six weeks would be a reasonable guess for his return to the major leagues.
”His velocity told us a lot. We knew something was not right when you go from 96 one day, with a low pitch count, and the next day you’re at 90-91.”
Broxton is 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA and seven saves in 14 games, and his velocity dropped Tuesday night, when he threw a pair of consecutive four-pitch walks against the Chicago Cubs. The DL move was retroactive to Wednesday.
Mattingly said the bruise was caused the the bones rubbing together from the repetitive pitching motion.
”I told him it’s honorable that he wants to play, he wants to be part of it and he wants to go out there and he’s willing to go out there, but there’s a point that comes to – you’ve got a chance to hurt yourself, that’s a problem,” Mattingly said. ”There’s got to be a fine line.”
Los Angeles recalled right-hander Kenley Jansen from Double-A Chattanooga before Friday night’s game at the New York Mets.
Vicente Padilla will take over as closer while Broxton is sidelined.