Dodgers announce that Clayton Kershaw will miss well beyond minimum 15 days with back injury.

Clayton KershawClayton Kershaw‘s stay on the disabled list will last well beyond the minimum 15 days.

The Dodgers announced that Kershaw, who is nursing inflammation in the teres major muscle of his back, consulted with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache following an MRI scan. Kershaw will be placed on a rehabilitation schedule that includes a submaximal throwing program for the next 2 to 3 weeks. He will then be re-evaluated by Dr. ElAttrache to determine when he can start throwing at increased velocity.

The timetable on when he might return to Major League competition will be determined when he is re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.

Earlier Tuesday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters in San Diego that Kershaw might need a rehabilitation start in the minor leagues before he can return. Now, that seems like a certainty. The minor league seasons begin Thursday, so there will be plenty of opportunities for Kershaw to pitch in a rehab game.

Kershaw has never been on the disabled list in his career. Hyun-Jin Ryu, who took Kershaw’s turn in the rotation Sunday in San Diego, is expected to start the Dodgers’ home opener Friday.

Ryu close to being named starter for U.S. opener Sunday in San Diego

Hyun-Jin Ryu is one successful bullpen session from being named the Dodgers starter in the U.S. opener Sunday night in San Diego.

The second-year pitcher injured his big toe running the bases in the second of a two-game series against the Diamondbacks in Australia, bringing into question his ability to start in place of the injured Clayton Kershaw Sunday. Ryu will test the toe in a bullpen session Friday, after which the Dodgers will make their final determination about his status for Sunday.

“He looks positive,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “With that being said, he’s going to throw a pen (Friday), so we can’t really say 100 percent where we’re going to go until we find out how that goes.”

If Ryu can’t go, Dan Haren is available to start on Sunday after he threw a successful bullpen on Thursday.

Selection Sunday: Dodgers add Justin Turner to 40-man roster, place Onelki Garcia on 60-day disabled list.

Justin Turner

Justin Turner hit .280/.319/.385 last season for the New York Mets. (Getty Images)


The Dodgers selected the contract of Justin Turner on Sunday, adding him to their 40-man roster in advance of their flight to Sydney, Australia tonight. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers placed Onelki Garcia on the 60-day disabled list.

Turner signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers with an invitation to spring training and subsequently batted .333/.432/.467 while seeing time at all four infield positions.

Garcia hasn’t pitched at all since undergoing surgery on his left elbow in November. A 60-day disabled list stay means that Garcia won’t appear in a game before May 27. He was a longshot to make the major-league roster if healthy, and will likely be sent to the minors once he’s ready.

In a pair of expected moves, catcher Miguel Olivo was reassigned to the Dodgers’ minor-league camp one day after requesting his release, and infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena was optioned to the minor-league camp.

The moves help narrow down the list of 30 players the Dodgers are bringing to Sydney, Australia.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly leaves team due to a death in his family.

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly left the Dodgers on Tuesday because of a death in the family. He’ll return Friday and bench coach Tim Wallach will manage the team in the meantime. The Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks tomorrow and the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday at Camelback Ranch.

A team spokesperson confirmed the news late Tuesday afternoon, about 90 minutes after Mattingly addressed reporters following the Dodgers’ 7-5 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported the news first.

Ross Stripling will have Tommy John surgery tomorrow.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed that pitcher Ross Stripling will have Tommy John surgery tomorrow morning in Los Angeles to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The surgery will be performed by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

The 24-year-old right hander initially injured his elbow pitching live batting practice Feb. 21. Stripling said he first felt pain while throwing a cut fastball to Joc Pederson, but did not report the injury at the time and even pitched a second inning of live BP.

On Feb. 26, Stripling pitched two innings in the Dodgers’ first Cactus League game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Stripling’s fastball registered in the low-90 mph range, and he did not appear to be throwing abnormally.

However, Mattingly was told that Stripling tore his ligament Feb. 21 throwing batting practice.

“That sucks,” Mattingly said. “The kid was on a good roll. It just changes the timetable more than anything else.”

Stripling is listed as the number-10 prospect in the organization on the Dodgers’ website. He was attending his first major-league spring training on a minor league contract. Stripling went 6-4 with a 2.78 earned-run average in 21 games (16 starts) at Double-A Chatanooga. He posted a 2.94 ERA in six starts with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga before earning a midseason promotion.

More details in tomorrow’s editions.

Dodgers finalize contract with Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena — note the spelling.

Erisbel Arruebarrena

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Erisbel Arruebarrena has a new spelling and a new contract.

Arruebarrena, whose name was clearly spelled differently during the 2013 World Baseball Classic (right), has finalized a five-year, $25 million contract with the Dodgers, the team announced Saturday. Terms of the contract were first reported yesterday.

That’s a large contract for a player who might not begin the season on the major-league roster, but the Dodgers did no shortage of homework.

“Bob Engle and his scouts have seen him for quite a while,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. “Rick (Ragazzo) and Vance (Lovelace) saw him this past winter. He brings really excellent defense with him. We still have a few crossroads to get through as far as getting him to the States. We think he adds to our major-league club at some point this year. He can play shortstop at a high level, second base and third base as well, but we see him as a shortstop.”

Justin Sellers was designated for assignment to make room for Arruebarrena on the 40-man roster.

Arruebarrena, 23, posted a .276 batting average with 67 doubles, 25 triples, 27 homers and 171 RBI in 437 career games in six seasons for Cienfuegos in the Cuban Serie Nacional from 2007-2013. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, who is known for his defense, has appeared primarily at shortstop during his career, but has also played second base and third base professionally. With Cienfuegos during the 2012-13 season, Arruebarrena hit .293 with a .366 on-base percentage, six home runs and 32 RBI in 70 regular-season games before going 6-for-14 (.429) in six postseason contests.

“We are excited to sign Erisbel, who we’ve scouted in international competition for a long time.” said Dodger Vice President, International Scouting Bob Engle. “He brings another superb glove to our organization.”

The Cienfuegos, Cuba native was the starting shortstop for his home country in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, batting .375 with a .444 on-base percentage, four runs scored and two RBI in six games in the tournament. He also played internationally for Cuba in the 2011 Pan American Games and batted .445 (8-for-18) with three runs scored, a double and an RBI in five games.

Arruebarrena was a teammate of Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig with Cienfuegos in 2010-11.

Dodgers, Kenley Jansen avoid arbitration with 1-year, $4.3 million contract.

Kenley JansenThe Dodgers avoided arbitration with Kenley Jansen on Tuesday, signing their closer to a one-year, $4.3 million contract.

Jansen had filed for $5.05 million and the Dodgers for $3.5 million. If the two sides couldn’t find middle ground in the next week, they would have had to present their case before an arbitration panel Feb. 18 in Tampa. The panel would have to decide to award Jansen either his salary request or the team’s.

The contract pays Jansen slightly more than the $4.275 midpoint of the two dollar values.

Source: Dodgers have expressed an interest in free agent Suk-Min Yoon.

The Dodgers are among several major-league teams that have expressed an interest in free-agent pitcher Suk-Min Yoon, a source told the L.A. News Group on Wednesday.

Multiple teams have recently reached out to Yoon’s agent, Scott Boras. The Baltimore Sun reported today that the Orioles are one of “several” teams that have extended an offer. It’s unknown if the Dodgers are in that group, or how competitive their offer is.

The Orioles and Texas Rangers are reportedly the front-runners for the 27-year-old right hander. Both teams have starting rotation vacancies to fill, and Yoon has told reporters that he prefers to start.

Yoon is a three-time KBO All Star and 2011 MVP who starred in the 2009 World Baseball Classic for Korea. He announced his intention to pursue a major-league contract after going 3-6 with a 4.00 earned-run average for the Kia Tigers in 2013.

Yoon missed the beginning of the year with a shoulder injury and split the season between the bullpen and the rotation. According to the Korea Times, Yoon throws a “solid” slider among four pitches. He is the consensus best pitcher in Korea, after Hyun-Jin Ryu signed with the Dodgers in December 2012 and posted a strong rookie season.

With Josh Beckett expected to be healthy from the start of camp, the Dodgers appear to have a set five-man rotation already. Beckett missed most of last season with thoracic outlet syndrome. Right-hander Chad Billingsley is expected to return from Tommy John surgery as early as June and give the Dodgers six proven starters.

In addition to Yoon, the Dodgers have also had conversations with starter Bronson Arroyo.

Dodgers avoid arbitration with A.J. Ellis; catcher signs 1-year, $3.55 million contract.

The Dodgers avoided arbitration with catcher A.J. Ellis on Saturday, agreeing to a 1-year, $3.55 million contract.

Ellis requested a $4.6 million salary when figures were exchanged Jan. 17; the Dodgers countered with $3.0 million. He’ll earn something below the exact midpoint ($3.8 million) but still gets a nice raise over his $2 million salary from 2013.

The 32-year-old batted .238/.318/.364 in 115 games last season, while his 3.06 catchers’ ERA led all major-league starting catchers.

Closer Kenley Jansen is the Dodgers’ only remaining arbitration-eligible player. He’s requested a $5.05 million salary and the Dodgers have countered at $3.5 million. Asked Saturday if he anticipates a deal getting done before the two sides head to arbitration, general manager Ned Colletti said only that “it takes two.”

An arbitration hearing date hasn’t been set.

Michael Young will retire rather than return to Dodgers.

Michael Young

Michael Young batted .314 in 21 regular-season games with the Dodgers, and collected one hit in 10 postseason at-bats. (Associated Press photo)

Veteran infielder Michael Young has decided to retire rather than return to the Dodgers, ending a 14-year major-league career.

The 37-year-old native of Covina was mulling a one-year offer to re-sign with the Dodgers. At a charity bowling function on Sunday in Anaheim, Young sounded eager to play his natural second base position in a utility role, but also acknowledged that family was his first priority. Young and his wife live in Dallas with their three children.

“I’m going through every possible option with my family,” he said Sunday. “I’m not going to hold out as long as possible.”

Young played most of his 1,970 career games with the Texas Rangers, whom he helped lead to the World Series in 2010 and 2011. Young was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in December 2012, then to the Dodgers at the 2013 trade deadline.

He finishes his career with an even .300 batting average, 185 home runs and 1,030 RBIs.