The Dodgers might have to wait a little longer to get their closer back.

Jonathan Broxton suffered what appears to be a setback Saturday when he felt pain in his elbow playing catch in Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, manager Don Mattingly said.

"He felt stiffness in the same spot," Mattingly said. "We're going to give him a day and see what happens ... It kind of tells you that he's not quite ready."

Broxton was expected to begin his rehabilitation assignment with the Quakes on Sunday and pitch again today with the idea he might return for this weekend's Freeway series rematch at Angel Stadium.

But Mattingly said that probably isn't realistic.

"The fact that we've had to stop (and take) an extra day takes him off track," he said.

Broxton has been on the disabled list since May 6 with a bone bruise and bone spur in the back of his right elbow. An exam done at the time revealed no structural damage in the area.

Mattingly also said the likelihood of Broxton throwing on consecutive days during the assignment is slim.

"I would think that makes it more unlikely," Mattingly said.