The Los Angeles Dodgers plan for Jonathan Broxton eventually to resume his role as the team's closer, manager Don Mattingly said before Wednesday's game with the Detroit Tigers.

He added that he believes Broxton's struggles in the role earlier this year were due to the right-elbow injury that presently has the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list.

Broxton began a minor league rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday night, when he started against Oklahoma City and gave up a run on one hit with two strikeouts in one inning. He is scheduled for at least one more appearance with the Isotopes Thursday, and he probably won't be activated until next week at the earliest.