The Dodgers had three different pitchers throw in minor league rehab assignments on Thursday night, at two different levels. Brandon Lennox will have full details about the day's minor league action, but I wanted to note the nights of Scott Elbert, Ted Lilly, and Matt Guerrier.
Elbert, on the disabled list with elbow inflammation, pitched a scoreless inning in relief for Double A Chattanooga, and struck out three. It was his second game in three days with the Lookouts, and Elbert has struck out all five batters he faced. Elbert is scheduled to pitch again for Chattanooga on Saturday, and will likely be activated off the disabled list when the Dodgers return home to open their homestand.
Lilly started for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and allowed one solo home run in two innings. Lilly also walked one and struck out two. Lilly's previous rehab assignment with the Quakes was shut down on August 3 when he had shoulder pain five days after pitching two scoreless innings. Lilly also pitched one inning for the Quakes on Tuesday, and it seems likely that if he is to have any role with the Dodgers this season it would be out of the bullpen, and not before September.
But perhaps the most important outing was by Guerrier, who pitched off a professional mound in a game for the first time since April 18. Guerrier, who has been sidelined with elbow inflammation, allowed a one out double to Diomedes Lopez, who advanced on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch by Guerrier, who pitched one inning. Guerrier, if ready, will likely be activated by the Dodgers in September.