GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers starter Paul Maholm has mild elbow tenderness that has kept him from throwing off a mound in recent days, but he downplayed the seriousness on Thursday.
"I'm just being smart and understand what's needed to prepare for the season," said Maholm, who signed at the start of Spring Training. "I only really missed one bullpen session today and I expect to throw a bullpen Saturday, and it won't set me back."
Maholm was signed as protection in case fifth starter Josh Beckett isn't sufficiently healed from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. But Beckett actually is ahead of Maholm, and in either case, the Dodgers don't need a fifth starter until the middle of April.
"I'm not concerned with it," said Maholm, who described the current tenderness as different from discomfort he fought through last September while pitching for Atlanta. "I've learned what I can push through. I think this is from standing around and all of a sudden making a throw and there's a little soreness. I'm just being cautious."
Maholm and Brandon League (lat strain) are the only Major League pitchers at Dodgers camp who have not thrown batting practice yet.
Club Level, Loge Party Boxes have new season-seat perks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Two new season-seat opportunities on the Dodger Stadium Club Level are among the limited season seats still available for Dodgers home games.
Among the new improvements is a newly renovated executive club bar and food service located on the left-field side. Club Level season-seat holders will receive in-seat food and beverage service for the first time with a new menu.
The renovated food stand will include a full service bar and for the first time, the Dodgers also will offer season seats in the Stadium Club on the Front Row rail and the Loge Party boxes. The Stadium Club rail seats feature unlimited food and non-alcoholic beverages and are priced at $150 per game.
The Loge party boxes seating six, eight or 10 and located between the bases offer dedicated wait staff and an option of adding in-seat food and beverage service. For more information, contact a season ticket representative at 323-DODGERS.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.