LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly continues to talk about the light at the end of the tunnel with his injured players on the mend and it appears as the team is inching closer and closer to it.
Matt Kemp, who is recovering from a strained left hamstring, said on Sunday that he feels great, and he spoke very optimistically in the dugout after running the bases full speed. He said he could pinch-hit and added he's going to Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday to DH.
Andre Ethier was just as optimistic, waking up feeling good after taking about 10 swings off the tee on Saturday. He said he was going to throw and hit some more off the tee before Sunday's game. Mattingly said the team is still in the day-to-day mode with Ethier, but news has been encouraging.
He acknowledged he's a player short with the right fielder unable to play with a strained left oblique muscle, but not on the disabled list. Mattingly said he might consider going a man short in the bullpen over the next week as Ethier heals.
Mark Ellis, who is almost back from a left leg injury, made his first rehab start on Saturday with Rancho Cucamonga. The second baseman, who said Friday that he wasn't concerned about getting hits, went 0-for-4 with a run and a strikeout as DH. Before heading out on the rehab stint, he said he would play five innings on Sunday and seven innings on Monday and Tuesday.
Matt Guerrier, who has been on the DL since April 19 with right elbow tendinitis, was on the field playing catch as he started his rehab Sunday. Mattingly said the reliever has been pain-free for four-to-five days and is feeling no symptoms.
All the news hasn't been positive, however. Blake Hawksworth, who has been on the DL all season after right elbow surgery, had his rehab shut down after feeling pain in his clavicle area. Mattingly said the reliever has been having some trouble and that the news hasn't sounded very good for Hawksworth.