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Paco Rodriguez MRI shows no new elbow damage

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Dodgers pitcher Paco Rodrgiuez will be shut down for the better part of a week before beginning his rehab from left elbow inflammation, manager Don Mattingly told reporters on Tuesday before the Dodgers' doubleheader against the Rockies at Coors Field.

Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with left elbow inflammation, and had an MRI exam on Monday. Mattingly discussed the results.

Perhaps we are a little too close to Hyun-jin Ryu ending his season with shoulder surgery, but forgive me if the "no change from his original MRI" gambit raises a red flag.

But this is all a game of telephone of sorts, without hearing the actual quotes from Mattingly. Taking the news as it is presented, Rodriguez should be able to start a throwing program by the weekend, or perhaps early next week.

The left-hander has a 2.61 ERA in 18 relief appearances this season, with eight strikeouts and three walks in 10⅓ innings.