Blake Hawksworth strains groin

PITTSBURGH -- Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Blake Hawksworth will undergo an MRI exam on his right groin on Wednesday morning after straining it while throwing a pitch in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's 10-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hawksworth said he is hopeful of avoiding a trip to the 15-day disabled list.

"That would be nice," he said. "I am a quick healer, so we'll see. It's one of those things where once it settles down, I will know, after I wake up in the morning and move around on it. It's too early to tell right now."

Hawksworth said he suffered the same injury last spring while with the St. Louis Cardinals and was out for only about 10 days, adding that the discomfort was more severe then after he tried to pitch through the injury.

However, even if Hawksworth's injury isn't deemed to be a two-week thing, the Dodgers still might decide to put him on the DL if they deem themselves to be short on pitching, because Hawksworth probably will be unavailable for at least a few days anyway. In that case, Hawksworth would need to go on the shelf to clear room for another reliever to be called up from the minors.

Hawksworth had just entered the game to begin that inning and had retired two of the first three batters when he felt something while throwing what became his final pitch, a fielder's choice grounder by Pedro Alvarez. Hawksworth then threw one warmup pitch with assistant trainer Todd Tomczyk and manager Don Mattingly watching, then immediately left the game.

Hawksworth has been one of the Dodgers' most reliable relievers in an otherwise-shaky bullpen, posting a 3.12 ERA in 14 appearances this season after the Dodgers acquired him from the Cardinals last Nov. 30 for infielder Ryan Theriot.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.