Although it had become increasingly clear in recent weeks, it became official on Monday that erstwhile Los Angeles Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton won't return this season, a fact that could mean he has pitched his last game for the team that originally drafted him in the second round nine years ago.

Both Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and medical-services director Stan Conte said Broxton doesn't have time to get himself game-ready before the season ends on Sept. 28.

Broxton threw off a mound on Monday for the first time since being placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 6 with what was termed a bone bruise in his right elbow. But it took him so long to get to that point that there simply isn't enough season left for him to complete the prescribed program that would have gotten him ready to pitch in the majors.