The back fields: Reliever Jonathan Broxton pitched two innings in a Minor League intra-squad game on Tuesday morning. Broxton made 33 pitches, allowed one double, struck out three with a walk."We'll do this for a few of our relievers so they can get up and down twice," said pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. The schedule calls for closer Saito and situational left-hander Joe Beimel to repeat the exercise in the next week. Saito, credited with a blown save on Tuesday when a pair of errors behind him led to two unearned runs, will work his Minor League game on Friday, thus avoiding the Boston Red Sox and the media circus that follows scheduled opposing starter and fellow former Japanese start Daisuke Matsuzaka. Kuo's status: The Dodgers do not expect disciplinary action from MLB in the wake of pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo's positive test during the Asian Games for a banned substance he said came from medication for a cold. "We've spoken with Kuo and his agent, and we are aware that Major League Baseball is looking into the issue," general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. "Given Kuo's explanation that this was simply a cold medicine, we consider it a non-issue unless new developments come to light." Injury update: Outfielder Jason Repko swung off a tee and said his strained groin muscle was improved. He plans to step up to soft-toss on Wednesday. "I'd like to say I'll be ready to start the season, but I really won't know until I start to run and make those quick-twitch movements," he said. "But right now it feels better than I expected." Marlon Anderson (elbow) is expected to make his game debut on Thursday night as the designated hitter. Anderson has begun to throw after straining weakened muscles around his elbow, which had bone chips removed. Paying their respects: Former Phillies Randy Wolf and Mike Lieberthal were excused from practice to attend the funeral of former Philadelphia coach John Vukovich. Colletti, who has often mentioned Vukovich as an inspirational figure in his career, also attended. Coming up: Everybody but Wolf has a scheduled day off on Wednesday. To keep Wolf on his regular rotation, he will make about 60 pitches in a Minor League intra-squad game in the morning. Nomar Garciaparra and Juan Pierre had Tuesday off after making the bus ride to Fort Lauderdale on Monday. When play resumes on Thursday, the Dodgers will have a split doubleheader, traveling to Jupiter, Fla., for a day game against St. Louis, then hosting Washington in a night game at Vero Beach. Mark Hendrickson starts against the Cardinals, Jason Schmidt starts against the Nationals. Fifth starter candidate Chad Billingsley follows Schmidt.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.