Rapid improvement has Kenta Maeda on track for Sunday

PHOENIX -- A day after getting drilled on the right lower leg by a 95-mph comebacker, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda was walking with less of a limp Wednesday.

Manager Dave Roberts insists Maeda will make his next scheduled start Sunday at home against the Milwaukee Brewers.

"The training staff assured me it was better than yesterday," manager Dave Roberts said. "I just got him in a really, I guess, in the best possible spot because there are bones to each side to where he could have gotten hit, but it got him in the flesh, the muscle, so that tissue was better than a bone where you could potentially have something like (Andre) Ethier had."

Ethier was hit by his own foul ball in a similar area under the right knee where Maeda was hit Tuesday. Ethier has been out ever since as he continues to recover from a leg fracture.

Maeda lasted just 5 1/3 innings, but still picked up the victory after giving up two earned runs. He has a 2.75 ERA, 11th in the National League at the start of play Wednesday. Clayton Kershaw, who starts Wednesday for the Dodgers, leads the NL with a 1.52 ERA.