Jonathan Broxton nearing rehab assignment

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What’s this? Good news for the Dodgers’ bullpen? I don’t believe it.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Broxton is tentatively scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque “in a couple of days.”

Joe Block of 790 KABC in Los Angeles reports that Broxton threw about 22 pitches in a simulated game earlier today. Ned Colletti estimated last week that Broxton was on track to return sometime in July, so the big right-hander will likely need to make it through several appearances in the minors.

Broxton has been on the disabled list since May 4 with a bone bruise on his right elbow. He has a 5.68 ERA and 10/9 K/BB ratio over his first 12 2/3 innings this season.

On the subject of more immediate help, Hernandez adds that Kenley Jansen could be activated from the disabled list tomorrow while Hong-Chih Kuo could return Sunday.