Mike Bolsinger is outpacing his peers on the injury rehab trail.

The Dodgers had several candidates for their fifth starter’s job in the final weeks of spring training. Three of them are currently rehabbing injuries, one (Ross Stripling) got the job and the other (Zach Lee) is healthy and pitching at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Among the trio of injured pitchers, Mike Bolsinger is most likely pitcher to return first, manager Dave Roberts said. The right-hander is throwing from 90 feet off flat ground. He essentially re-started his spring throwing program after being sidelined with a strained muscle in his abdominal/oblique area; progress has been slow but Bolsinger hasn’t had any setbacks since.

Right-handers Brandon Beachy (elbow) and Carlos Frias (back) are both rehabbing injuries too, but Roberts didn’t have an update on either today. That means neither pitcher is particularly close to returning.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.