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Romo closing in on return from disabled list

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LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers reliever Sergio Romo will have one rehab assignment before he returns from the 10-day disabled list, manager Dave Roberts said Sunday.

The right-hander was placed on the DL on June 9 with a left-ankle sprain.

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LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers reliever Sergio Romo will have one rehab assignment before he returns from the 10-day disabled list, manager Dave Roberts said Sunday.

The right-hander was placed on the DL on June 9 with a left-ankle sprain.

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Two hours before the Dodgers' 9-7 win over the Reds on Sunday, Romo threw a 15-pitch simulated inning. Romo has struggled this season, having allowed five home runs and 14 earned runs in 19 2/3 innings.

"He said his ankle feels good," Roberts said about Romo. "There's a balance in trying to worry about the injury and trying to get him to pitch. He hasn't pitched in six days, so we'll see how he looks."

Worth noting

Scott Kazmir is still working on picking up his velocity at the Dodgers facility in Arizona. Roberts said the Dodgers are using a weighted ball program to help increase his velocity and he expects Kazmir to pitch for the Dodgers sometime this season. Kazmir was 10-6 last season in 26 starts and sported a 4.56 ERA.

Joc Pederson hit a home run in his second straight rehab game Saturday night for Triple-A Oklahoma City, but Roberts wants to see him continue to put together good at-bats.

"I think for me, I want to hear that the at-bats are consistent," Roberts said, "and the approach and the mechanics are sound. I just don't feel that right now, with two games and six at-bats, is enough to warrant a comeback."

Kenta Maeda will continue to come out of the bullpen this week. Roberts said he plans to work Maeda into a game either Wednesday or Thursday during the Dodgers' three-game series against the Indians.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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