Chris Capuano completes rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque

Stephen Dunn

The left-handed starter will likely start for the Dodgers on Monday or Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

Chris Capuano pitched into the sixth inning Wednesday night in his minor league rehab start with Triple-A Albuquerque, and remains in line to join the Dodgers when they open a series next week at Dodger Stadium against the Diamondbacks.

Capuano allowed two runs on seven hits in his 5⅓ innings, and struck out four with just one walk against Memphis. He had a bit of a scare in the third inning when he knocked down a comebacker with his bare hand, per Isotopes beat writer Chris Jackson, but Capuano was no worse for wear and remained in the game.

Capuano was removed after 76 pitches, presumably after hitting a prescribed pitch count limit. For what it's worth, Isotopes play-by-play announcer Josh Suchon described Capuano's outing as "solid" and said the left-hander "looks ready."

Capuano is on the disabled list with a strained left calf, and injury suffered on Apr. 16 against the Padres. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection on Apr. 18, and has been rehabbing ever since, with no interruption in his throwing.

"The main thing with rehab assignments is to make sure the guy is healthy," manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday, and presuming Capuano is healthy he will start for the Dodgers against the Diamondbacks either Monday or Tuesday.

Starting Capuano on regular rest Monday would allow Josh Beckett, the starter Wednesday night against the Rockies, to pitch Tuesday with an extra day of rest, something Mattingly said he prefers doing whenever possible. Or the Dodgers could keep Beckett on schedule to pitch Monday on regular rest and slot in Capuano on Tuesday.

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