The morning after he was yanked from Tuesday's game after throwing eight straight balls, Jonathan Broxton admitted to the Dodgers that he's been experiencing right elbow pain.

"Brox came in today and complained about some stuff," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Cubs. "He said he came in with pain. Like I told him, 'It's honorable that you want to pitch like this, but in the end ... it's not fair to him and it's not fair to everybody else, either.' "

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Broxton was to have an MRI exam on Wednesday, after which the Dodgers would decide whether to put the All-Star reliever on the disabled list.

"They're going to do a little testing and we'll move from there," said Mattingly, who didn't have an update immediately after the game.

With Broxton unavailable until further notice, Mattingly said he likely would turn to Vicente Padilla to handle closing duties. Padilla pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning Wednesday, striking out two.