Wolf thinks he hurt elbow swinging

PHOENIX -- Dodgers left-hander Randy Wolf will miss his next start with elbow irritation.

Wolf returned to Los Angeles to consult team doctors on Tuesday night and received a cortisone injection, manager Joe Torre said.

Wolf told the team he thought he hurt himself swinging the bat in a game. He reported discomfort in his elbow during a bullpen session on Tuesday.

"He really didn't have a whole lot of pain, just a little bit of tightness," trainer Stan Conte said before the Dodgers faced the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night. "It doesn't seem to be really serious."

Wolf was scheduled to pitch for the NL West leaders in the opener of a weekend series at San Francisco. Instead, the Dodgers will start Hiroki Kuroda on Friday night, Vicente Padilla on Saturday and Chad Billingsley in the finale.

Torre said he was optimistic that Wolf (10-6, 3.22 ERA) would miss only one start.

"We're concerned, there's no question, but the report that we got back was that it doesn't seem like it's going to be a long time," Torre said.