Forgotten man. Ten months after a season-ending elbow reconstruction, Brazoban still hasn’t thrown off a mound and still isn’t close to returning. Club officials insist he is right on track in his recovery, and there is little reason to think that he isn’t. He is playing catch on flat ground and should begin throwing off a mound in the coming weeks. But given the fact Brazoban isn’t expected to be game ready until at least mid-April, and given the fact the Dodgers bullpen appears set even at this early stage of spring training, it is hard to imagine the right-hander and one-time flamethrower still occupies a prominent place on the organizational radar. “I’m not too worried, because the most important thing right now is that I just have to get better physically and continue my rehabilitation,” Brazoban said, with Dodgers public relations director Josh Rawitch translating. “It hasn’t been too tough. Obviously, I got hurt. But I’m just going to keep battling to get back, and hopefully I will be back pitching in an important role.” Brazoban, 26, saved 21 games for the Dodgers in 2005, breaking Steve Howe’s franchise rookie record while Eric Gagne missed most of the season with injuries. But Brazoban faltered down the stretch and was told less than a month into last season that he needed Tommy John surgery. That procedure normally takes about a year to come back from. Meanwhile, Takashi Saito has commandeered the closer’s role, Jonathan Broxton is the setup guy, and the bullpen appears to be full even if club officials decide to carry a 12-man pitching staff. Brazoban still has all his minor-league options left and thus probably is ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas when he is ready to pitch. But no one in the organization, including Brazoban himself, has thus far been willing to put a timetable on his return. It’s Lowe After hinting at such for days, manager Grady Little finally announced that right-hander Derek Lowe will be the Dodgers’ Opening Day starter on April 2 at Milwaukee, marking the third consecutive season Lowe has drawn the assignment. Still to be determined, though, is what order Brad Penny, Jason Schmidt and Randy Wolf fit into the second, third and fourth spots – and who of the seven-plus candidates will emerge to claim the vacant fifth spot. “We’re going to look at the matchups and all that,” Little said. “We started looking at that way back in December, as soon as we saw some sort of a roster that we might be dealing with. The objective right now is to get through spring training healthy. If (that happens), we have a good idea how we’re going to do it.” The likely scenario for the season-opening road trip is that Schmidt and Penny, in that order, will finish out the Milwaukee series. That would line up Penny to pitch the home opener on April 9 against Colorado because he went 5-0 against the Rockies last season. It also would leave Wolf, a lefty, to pitch the April 6 opener of a series in San Francisco, where the Giants will feature a lineup that is heavily left-handed. No preference Shortstop Rafael Furcal, who batted .300 in the leadoff spot last season, arrived in camp and promptly said he doesn’t care whether he bats first ahead of newly signed Juan Pierre or second behind him. “For me, it doesn’t matter as long as we’re winning,” Furcal said. “It doesn’t matter as long as I’m in the lineup.” Little is expected to reveal that alignment in the next day or two. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VERO BEACH, Fla. – In the first two seasons after the Dodgers acquired him from the New York Yankees, Yhency Brazoban went from promising prospect to premature major leaguer to lights-out setup man to accidental closer. From there, though, all that promise seemed to dissolve into a miasma of ineffectiveness and, ultimately, injury. By Tuesday morning, when he sat before his locker wearing a too-tight T-shirt over what appeared to be an expanding midsection, Brazoban had devolved into a new role.