The pending results of an MRI exam on Jonathan Broxton's right elbow likely will dictate whether the Dodgers' erratic closer lands on the disabled his for the first time of his career.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt were in the video room before Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs and trying to break down what happened during Broxton's aborted, 11-pitch effort the night before.

Mattingly went to the unusual step to remove Broxton from a 1-1 game with one out in the top of the ninth. He was alarmed after back-to-back four-pitch walks to the Cubs' Marlon Byrd and Carlos Pena.

Broxton, forced to stall while reliever Blake Hawksworth warmed up, took the loss when both scored in the Dodgers' 4-1 defeat.

Before Mattingly could go any farther in the video evaluation, he said trainer Stan Conte entered the room and informed him Broxton admitted to having elbow pain.

Broxton soon joined the discussion and, before the media could speak with him an hour before Wednesday's first pitch, Broxton already had left the stadium.

"It's honorable that he wants to be out there, but he has complained about some stiffness and how he was able to pitch with it, and in the end, it doesn't do me any good and it's not fair to everyone else if you can't pitch to your capabilities," Mattingly said.