July 11, 2009

Broxton out of All-Star Game with bad toe

Los Angeles Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton will miss next week's All-Star Game because of a toe injury, Manager Joe Torre said.

The burly right-hander has been told that he will not pitch again until at least after the All-Star break because of an irritated nerve on the big toe of his right foot. Torre said the decision was made before Saturday's contest at Milwaukee, which the Brewers won 6-3.

He said third base coach Larry Bowa spotted the 6-foot-4 inch, 300-pounder limping noticeably after appearing in Friday's 10-inning, 12-8 victory.

We interrogated him (Friday) night and finally got it out of him, Torre said. It's been bothering him since Sunday, so he's not going to be available for us.

NL Manager Charlie Manuel of Philadelphia has been told.

Guillermo Mota was named to fill the closer's role in the Dodgers final two games against the Brewers, and Scott Elbert was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Broxton is 6-0 with 20 saves in 22 opportunities for the Dodgers this season. He has an ERA of 3.10 in 40 2/3 innings pitched in 38 appearances.