Casey Blake expected to return to the disabled list
Casey Blake appears to be headed back to the 15-day disabled list.
Blake was admitted to a Miami-area hospital early Tuesday morning with a fever, confirming the Dodgers’ fears that his swollen left elbow is infected. Manager Don Mattingly said he was told by trainer Stan Conte that Blake could be sidelined for four weeks.
"It's one of those situations you can't play around with," Mattingly said.
Asked about how Blake's elbow would be treated, Mattingly said doctors might "open it up and flush it out."
Mattingly said he didn't know exactly what "open it up" entailed.
Blake didn't make himself available to reporters before the Dodgers' series finale against the Florida Marlins on Wednesday. He also forbade Conte from explaining the details of his infection.
If Blake is moved to the disabled list, Mattingly said he could be replaced on the active roster by Russ Mitchell, who hit .143 in 15 games as a September call-up last season. Mitchell is hitting .214 for triple-A Albuquerque.
-- Dylan Hernandez in Miami
Photo: Casey Blake. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times