Rodriguez returns to Dodgers' bullpen

Lefty comes off disabled list to give Mattingly more relief options

Rodriguez returns to Dodgers' bullpen

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers activated left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez before Saturday night's game vs. the Giants.

Rodriguez has been on the disabled list with a strained teres major muscle.

He threw a simulated game Friday and came out of it with no issues.

J.P. Howell remains the prinary left-hander in the Dodgers' bullpen. Rodriguez and Scott Elbert, added to the bullpen Friday, give manager Don Mattingly left-handed relief options for earlier in the game.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.