LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly continues to talk about the light at the end of the tunnel with his injured players on the mend and it appears as the team is inching closer and closer to it.
Matt Kemp, who is recovering from a strained left hamstring, said on Sunday that he feels great, and he spoke very optimistically in the dugout after running the bases full speed. He said he could pinch-hit and added he's going to Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday to DH.
Andre Ethier was just as optimistic, waking up feeling good after taking about 10 swings off the tee on Saturday. He said he was going to throw and hit some more off the tee before Sunday's game. Mattingly said the team is still in the day-to-day mode with Ethier, but news has been encouraging.
He acknowledged he's a player short with the right fielder unable to play with a strained left oblique muscle, but not on the disabled list. Mattingly said he might consider going a man short in the bullpen over the next week as Ethier heals.
Mark Ellis, who is almost back from a left leg injury, made his first rehab start on Saturday with Rancho Cucamonga. The second baseman, who said Friday that he wasn't concerned about getting hits, went 0-for-4 with a run and a strikeout as DH. Before heading out on the rehab stint, he said he would play five innings on Sunday and seven innings on Monday and Tuesday.
Matt Guerrier, who has been on the DL since April 19 with right elbow tendinitis, was on the field playing catch as he started his rehab Sunday. Mattingly said the reliever has been pain-free for four-to-five days and is feeling no symptoms.
All the news hasn't been positive, however. Blake Hawksworth, who has been on the DL all season after right elbow surgery, had his rehab shut down after feeling pain in his clavicle area. Mattingly said the reliever has been having some trouble and that the news hasn't sounded very good for Hawksworth.
Dodgers move on after pulling offer for Lee
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers, who ended a seven-game losing streak on Sunday night with an 8-3 win over the Mets, pulled out of talks for the Astros' Carlos Lee, according to baseball sources.
Rumors of a deal for Lee began Friday night and on Saturday it was announced that a trade was in place for pitching prospect Garrett Gould.
However, Lee spent the weekend mulling whether he would accept the trade or not and he had not made a decision by Sunday.
"If they don't want to be here, then I don't want them" Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said on Saturday.
Mattingly wasn't bitter and he understood why Lee would want to stay somewhere he felt comfortable. However, after not hearing a firm decision, it appears the Dodgers lost patience and backed out of the deal. Lee had not made a decision following his game on Sunday.
Lee is in the final year of a six-year, $100 million contract with a limited no-trade clause that would have to be waived for a deal with Los Angeles to be finalized.
Before Sunday night's game against the Mets, Mattingly said he wasn't focused on the possibility of acquiring Lee, as he was simply worried about his current team.
"It's almost like worrying about tomorrow's problems," he said. It's hard for me to worry. You get energy for today and stay in the moment about where we are at."
The addition of Lee would likely have meant a spot on the bench for slumping first baseman James Loney, who was hitting .236 heading into Sunday with only two home runs and 21 RBIs in 74 games.
"You have to realistically look at production we're getting and how do we improve that," Mattingly said. "If anything, you try to improve your club as much as you can and I think as we look at our club, you look at areas where we need to improve."Injured superstar Matt Kemp said he would welcome an addition, but stressed his confidence in the team taking care of business whether the Dodgers make a move or not.
"It's always good to get people to make your team better," Kemp said. "I don't know exactly what people think we need. We did a great job with what we have here. If we get somebody, that's good. But if we don't, it keeps going on and we have to keep playing the way we have in the first half."
Gould, the pitching prospect who would have been involved in the deal, is ranked the Dodgers' 10th-best prospect by MLB.com.
Alex Angert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.