Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star closer Jonathan Broxton has started his Major League rehabilitation assignment with the Isotopes as he works his way back from bone bruise in his right elbow.
In his first appearance, a start on Tuesday against Oklahoma City, Broxton pitched one inning, allowing a run on a walk and a double while striking out two. The right-hander fired 23 pitches, 12 of them for strikes, and averaged between 91-94 on the radar gun.
Broxton followed that up with a scoreless first inning on Thursday. The right-hander allowed a lead-off single, a stolen base and then promptly struck out the side, Tossing 22 pitches, 14 for strikes.
The hard-throwing right-hander was placed on the Disabled List on May 6. The full length of Broxton's rehab will be determined by the Dodgers as his stay with the 'Topes progresses.
Last season, Broxton earned 22 saves in 29 opportunities while posting a 5-6 record and a 4.04 ERA. He was selected to his second consecutive All-Star squad and earned the save in a 3-1 National League win, the circuit's first victory since 1996.
Broxton is the fifth Dodger to join the 'Topes on a rehab assignment this year, joining outfielder Jay Gibbons, shortstop Rafael Furcal, third baseman Casey Blake, and lefty reliever Hong-Chih Kuo
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