Dodgers’ Broxton to have MRI on elbow

Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton will have an MRI exam of his aching elbow to determine the cause of discomfort him in recent outings.

Broxton won’t pitch until after the MRI, and Vicente Padilla will be the team’s first-choice closer for now.

Manager Don Mattingly said before Wednesday’s series finale against the Chicago Cubs that he and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt were watching tape of Broxton’s consecutive four-pitch walks to Marlon Byrd and Carlos Pena during Tuesday night’s 4-1 loss when the reliever and trainer Stan Conte informed the manager of the elbow issue.

Broxton, who got the save in last year’s All-Star game, is 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA in 14 appearances – converting seven of eight save chances. The six-year veteran, who had a career-high 36 saves in 2009 and dropped to 22 last year, has never been on the disabled list since making his big league debut on July 29, 2005.