Billingsley discusses his rehab progress

DENVER -- Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley resumes his Minor League rehab assignment on Sunday for Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

Billingsley, recovering from last year's Tommy John surgery, had advanced to make one rehab start in early April, but felt a pop in the elbow during that game and was shut down with flexor tendinitis.

He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and slowly resumed his rehabilitation. Although no timetable has been given for his return, the All-Star break is a likely target.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said injured players Carl Crawford, A.J. Ellis and Juan Uribe continue to make progress, but none is ready for a rehab assignment.

Puig leaves game vs. Rox with hip flexor strain

LAD@COL: Puig injures hip flexor, leaves game

DENVER -- Yasiel Puig left Saturday's Dodgers-Rockies game with a strained left hip flexor, but there were no tests scheduled, which manager Don Mattingly considered a sign the injury is not serious.

Puig said he suffered the injury sliding into second while trying unsuccessfully to break up a double-play hit into by Adrian Gonzalez in the top of the fourth inning. Puig left the game in the fifth and is considered day to day.

"I felt a stretch in the leg," Puig said, motioning toward the left side of his lower abdomen. "I got treatment and hope it's not a big issue. I didn't want to come out, but medical said if I didn't come out, it could get worse."

Puig -- the leading vote-getter among National Leahue outfielders for the All-Star Game in the most recent balloting -- said he hoped to be able to play "if not tomorrow, then Monday in Cincinnati."

"It's not something that concerns me right now," he said. "Obviously, I want to play tomorrow. It's up to the medical staff."

Dodgers' Gordon exits with right hip discomfort

LAD@COL: Gordon leaves game with injury

DENVER -- Dodgers second baseman and offensive catalyst Dee Gordon, removed from Saturday's game in the fourth inning with right hip discomfort, downplayed the severity of his condition and predicted he could return to the lineup as soon as Sunday.

"It feels way better now," Gordon said after several hours of treatment. "When I tried to run, it felt weird. I can't explain it. But I should be all right. I'm fine."

Manager Don Mattingly said no tests are scheduled for Gordon.

Gordon said his hips tend to "get jammed up" and he gave them a workout at the mile-high elevation Friday night with a pair of triples and a stolen base. He said he woke up with the discomfort Saturday, and believed it would loosen up as the game progressed.

But that didn't happen, and the medical staff convinced him to leave the game and avoid making things worse.

"It's a long season, and I can't just, for one game, jeopardize the season," he said. "I couldn't run the way I want to, but I'm fine. Nothing crazy or nothing."

Valentin avoids eye damage after being hit by ball

John Valentin is the Dodgers' assistant hitting coach. (Getty)

DENVER -- Dodgers assistant hitting coach John Valentin was struck on the left eye by a batted ball in the indoor batting cage at Coors Field on Saturday, but never lost consciousness and the club said he suffered no fractures or eye damage.

Valentin was taken by paramedics to a local hospital where he was checked out, and he then returned to the team hotel and will fly with the team to Cincinnati for Monday's series opener.

 

Andre Ethier hit the ball. The incident occurred in the indoor cages as the Dodgers were not taking batting practice on the field for the Saturday day game after playing a night game Friday.