Blake improves, staves off DL

Updated: June 6, 2010, 11:09 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake, who had just enough improvement in his lower back to avoid going onto the disabled list, is expected to test his back again before Monday's game against St. Louis.

The Dodgers still haven't completely ruled out putting Blake on the DL if he has a setback, but manager Joe Torre said after Sunday's game that in a best-case scenario, Blake could be ready to play by Tuesday.

"He took some swings, and he felt better,'' Dodgers manager ...

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