Prior to the Los Angeles Dodgers taking the field for the second game of their three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks, a pair of left-handed pitchers made progress in their respective attempts to work themselves back from injury. While the Dodgers would certainly welcome back any healthy arms, one was of particular interest.

According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Clayton Kershaw threw 15 fastballs from the bullpen mound as part of his submaximal throwing program:

A return date still hasn’t been set for Kershaw, but the left-hander advancing to throwing from a mound is a positive development. Kershaw’s 2014 campaign was put on hold before the 2013 Cy Young Award winner was able to fully settle in. The Dodgers’ ace managed to get one start under his belt and was then scratched from his next schedule start before ultimately landing on the disabled list.

Plunkett also reports Scott Elbert, who missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, joined Kershaw in the bullpen:

The Tommy John surgery was another setback for Elbert, who has a history of arm issues. Last year’s season-ending surgery was the third procedure Elbert underwent in a span of 10 months. Prior to being saddled by multiple surgeries, Elbert was a productive reliever for the Dodgers in 2011 and 2012. He threw a combined 66 innings over the two seasons and had 65 strikeouts in 90 appearances. Should Elbert return to full health this season, he would all but be guaranteed to spend the season in the minors with the hope he can shake the injury bug.
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