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Hawksworth returns to mound

ANAHEIM -- Dodgers pitcher Blake Hawksworth, on the disabled list all season following two elbow operations, made his first game appearance on Friday night in a Minor League injury rehab assignment.

Hawksworth allowed one run on one bunt single in one inning with two strikeouts for the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

Hawksworth, who spent all last year with the Dodgers, underwent what should have been relatively minor arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Jan. 11 to remove a bone spur and scar tissue. But a post-surgical infection developed that required a second cleansing procedure and powerful antibiotics, setting back his recovery.

The 28-year-old had a decent first season with the Dodgers after being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals for Ryan Theriot. He went 3-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 49 appearances, with one stint on the DL with a strained groin muscle.

Hawksworth served as a middle and long reliever for the Dodgers. Because he is out of options, the club could lose him if it attempts to outright Hawksworth to the Minor Leagues.

ANAHEIM -- Dodgers pitcher Blake Hawksworth, on the disabled list all season following two elbow operations, made his first game appearance on Friday night in a Minor League injury rehab assignment.

Hawksworth allowed one run on one bunt single in one inning with two strikeouts for the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

Hawksworth, who spent all last year with the Dodgers, underwent what should have been relatively minor arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Jan. 11 to remove a bone spur and scar tissue. But a post-surgical infection developed that required a second cleansing procedure and powerful antibiotics, setting back his recovery.

The 28-year-old had a decent first season with the Dodgers after being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals for Ryan Theriot. He went 3-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 49 appearances, with one stint on the DL with a strained groin muscle.

Hawksworth served as a middle and long reliever for the Dodgers. Because he is out of options, the club could lose him if it attempts to outright Hawksworth to the Minor Leagues.

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