Dodgers Walking Wounded Returning

The Dodgers will have the services of Takashi Saito and Hong-Chih Kuo tonight in Colorado, along with Brad Penny if needed. Jeff Kent, who did not make the road trip to Colorado and Pittsburgh, is working out in Los Angeles.

Exactly two months after being disabled with a partially torn elbow ligament, reliever Takashi Saito is expected to be activated for tonight's Dodgers game with the Rockies. To make room for him on the roster the Dodgers will have to make a move but Torre said it had not yet been decided who it would be.

Saito will be slowly eased into competition and initially will not start. He will not be used in back to back games.

Torre also expects to have Hong-Chih Kuo available. Kuo has not pitched since throwing 1.1 innings a week before against Arizona. On Wednesday, he received a cortisone shot in his twice-rebuilt elbow.

Torre said Brad Penny will continue pitching relief. Penny's first bullpen appearance since the 2006 playoffs lasted three batters Wednesday -- a walk, a broken-bat bloop single and an infield single. Penny has said he wants to start, not relieve and Torre noted, "Down the road? Who knows?"

Jeff Kent continues rehabilitating from left knee surgery and Torre said the second baseman has begun hitting off a tee. Torre said there is a chance Kent will be ready to take batting practice when the Dodgers return home next weekend.

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