Hyun-Jin Ryu (back), Joel Peralta (shoulder) on track after Monday bullpen sessions.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — For all the attention paid to the injury track records of new Dodgers pitchers Mike Adams, Chad Gaudin, Brandon Beachy, Dustin McGowan, Brett Anderson, Brandon McCarthy and others, there have been few injuries to report so far in camp.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, who had tightness in his back, threw a bullpen Monday. So did Joel Peralta, who had pain in his shoulder. Both pitchers emerged unscathed.

“Overall my back, arm feels great. I threw all my pitches today. I feel good,” Ryu said through his interpreter.

The left-hander threw 32 pitches and figured he’ll need another bullpen session or live batting practice before he pitches in a Cactus League game.

Peralta threw 22 pitches, all fastballs and “a couple splits.”

“I think we’ve got to build strength,” Peralta said. “I need a couple more bullpens before I can pitch in the games.”

Non-roster invitee Ben Rowen, who is recovering from off-season thoracic outlet surgery, threw his third bullpen session of the spring and is still a ways away from appearing in game.

Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers’ opening day starter.

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 earned-run average for the Dodgers in 2014. He will start Opening Day of the 2015 season. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — There is literally no team in baseball with a more clear-cut choice for an Opening Day starter than the Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw is more than just the best starting pitcher on staff, or even a team MVP. He is the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player.

So it came as no surprise Monday when manager Don Mattingly said that Kershaw will start Opening Day, April 6 against the San Diego Padres.

“That’s our plan,” Mattingly said.
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