Among baseball's most active pitchers over the last two seasons, Scott Proctor described the 10 weeks he spent on the disabled list as "agonizing."
"It's one of those things you hope you never have to go through again," said Proctor, who landed on the DL in late June because of tendinitis in his right elbow. "Sitting and watching the games, watching the guys battle, it was tough. You play this game because you want to be on the field, not to be on the sidelines."
Proctor pitched in his first game since June 21 on Wednesday, when he came out of the bullpen in the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 6-4 victory over the San Diego Padres, which completed a sweep. He got one out and walked one.
Proctor says his elbow isn't completely healed.
"It wasn't about the pain being completely gone," he said. "It's about making the pain manageable. If you throw a baseball, you're going to have pain no matter what."