Chris Perez (ankle) will start Thursday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Chris Perez will start Thursday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga as he continues his rehab from bone spurs in his right ankle, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

“If he holds up good in that setting, then we try to get him into a bullpen situation where he’s trying to get into our routine,” the manager said.

There is no exact timetable for Perez to return, but Mattingly suggested the pitcher might need two or three more rehab games. Perez “didn’t look like he was favoring (his right) ankle” when he threw a scoreless inning Monday night for Rancho Cucamonga, Mattingly said.

Technically, Perez was eligible to come off the disabled list today. The 29-year-old right-hander has a 5.04 ERA in 42 appearances for the Dodgers this season.

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Dodgers downplay Zack Greinke’s health concerns.

Zack Greinke said Saturday that he’s been dealing with a physical issue in his elbow for the “last month, month and a half.” But he reported improvement in his most recent start against the Milwaukee Brewers, when he threw six scoreless innings, and is still the scheduled starter for Thursday’s game against the San Diego Padres.

“There’s always something with guys … a little this, a little that,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He said he felt better. He was having some soreness, things like that. You’d have to say that something’s come up medically but nothing that’s on the radar. He’s not on my daily emails of any thing. It’s nothing major at this point.”

There’s still some concern surrounding Greinke, who is 12-8 with a 2.75 earned-run average this season. I didn’t see him throw a bullpen session today and apparently I wasn’t missing something.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu is on a submaximal throwing program.

Hyun-Jin Ryu played catch with Juan Uribe prior to the Dodgers’ game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. Two days ago, he played catch with head athletic trainer Stan Conte. The pitcher appears to be making progress in his “submaximal throwing program,” as Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called it, while recovering from a strained right gluteus medius.

“Timetable-wise, I don’t think we have that, but the fact that he’s throwing and feeling good — Stan said the day before the catch was fairly firm,” Mattingly said. “Assuming it’s continuing to progress. Right now, feel pretty good about it.

Ryu isn’t able to run yet, Mattingly said. He’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on August 29.

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Erisbel Arruebarrena gives Dodgers a blank slate at the plate.

The Dodgers recalled Erisbel Arruebarrena from the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers, where he had been rehabbing. Evidently, the rookie shortstop’s sore shoulder was the only reason he wasn’t recalled sooner. Carlos Triunfel, who got the call-up Saturday when Juan Uribe was placed on the 15-day disabled list, was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Arruebarrena has played some second base and third base this season for Triple-A Albuquerque. His job with the Dodgers will be at shortstop, where he saw action in eight games in May and June, making no errors and batting .313 (5 for 16).
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Dodgers’ Andre Ethier gets his feet wet at first base, barely.

Andre Ethier

(John McCoy/Staff photographer)

The funniest thing about Andre Ethier playing first base on Sunday might be this: He made it look easier than Adrian Gonzalez.

To be fair to Gonzalez, who played the first six innings at first base Sunday before Ethier took over, he made a fantastic over-the-shoulder running catch of a Jean Segura pop-up in the sixth inning. The ball probably would have landed fair; at least it would have been close.

But Ethier didn’t flub any of the five balls thrown his way, which is more than Gonzalez could say. Gonzalez’s error in the second inning — dropping a catchable throw from second baseman Dee Gordon at close range — allowed the Brewers to score three unearned runs against Dan Haren in the Dodgers’ 7-2 loss.
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Carlos Frias postgame interview.

Pitching his fifth major-league game Sunday, 24-year-old right-hander Carlos Frias gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Carlos Gomez, then retired the next 12 Milwaukee Brewers in order.

“That was the first time I’d seen him relax and take a breath, let the ball work,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “After he gives up the home run to Carlos, I talked to him between innings. I wanted to challenge him that he was in a nothing-nothing game and pitch. I wanted to see him pitch. We saw three innings of zeroes where he used the sinker, used the ball down where he should be. When kids come up, everything’s hard-hard-hard-hard-hard, instead of pitch. These guys can hit.

“You can’t just keep firing these balls in waist-high. If you’re a sinker-ball pitcher, you’ve got to sink the ball, you’ve got to change speeds a little bit. The last three innings were real good.”

Frias gave one interview after the game (to LosDodgers.com) and it was in Spanish. Hat tip to Daniel Arreola for the translation:
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Hanley Ramirez’s stubbornness is on track to relegate Miguel Rojas to the bench.

Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle. (Getty Images)


Hanley Ramirez turned a few heads Saturday by taking ground balls at third base before the Dodgers’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

That was the point, manager Don Mattingly said Sunday.

“I think he likes making everybody raise their eyes and making me answer questions,” Mattingly said.

Question: will Ramirez be a third baseman once he’s activated from the 15-day disabled list?

“No real talk of that,” Mattingly said.

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Prospect Jesmuel Valentin traded to Philadelphia Phillies.

A day late on this, but: The Dodgers sent infielder Jesmuel Valentin to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday as one of two players to be named (or cash considerations) in the August 7 trade for Roberto Hernandez.

Valentin, 20, was batting .282 with seven home runs and 47 RBI in 107 games with Single-A Great Lakes in his third professional season after being selected by the Dodgers with the 51st overall pick in the supplemental round in the 2012 draft. On Friday, Valentin went 3 for 4 with a home run; he had a .300/.355/.471 slash line in his final 28 days in the Dodgers’ organization.

Valentin is the son of former major-league player Jose Valentin.

Hernandez has gone 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts with the Dodgers since the trade.

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Josh Beckett isn’t likely to have hip surgery until the Dodgers’ season is over.

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Josh Beckett has missed 23 games and counting with a left hip ailment. (David Crane/Staff photographer)


Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett didn’t provide an update on his health Sunday morning, probably because the reality is bleak and blunt: The longer he goes without being able to throw off a mound, the less likely he is to pitch in a game this season.

There are exactly six weeks left in the regular season as of today, and there’s still no timetable for Beckett to begin throwing.

“He was doing some water workouts,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “That’s what I have.”
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