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