Dodgers to proceed with caution following Hyun-Jin Ryu’s MRI result.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu’s MRI came back clean, but the left-hander has been shut down for two weeks following a bout of shoulder inflammation. (Associated Press photo)


First, the good news.

The Dodgers announced that a contrast MRI on Hyun-Jin Ryu’s left shoulder revealed no change from a 2012 MRI on the same shoulder.

Absent a clearly defined medical reason for the pain he felt while throwing Saturday, Ryu will be shut down for two weeks, after which he will be re-evaluated.

Therein lies the bad news: Ryu won’t resume throwing until April 4 — two weeks since he last played catch and two days before Opening Day.
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Off-day notes: Will Ferrell, Brett Anderson, Chad Gaudin, links.

Will Ferrell Dodgers

Got a text from a scout this morning wondering who the Dodgers’ closer will be until Jansen returns. Statistically speaking, I’d have to go with the Ferrell kid.

With a couple exceptions the Dodgers are enjoying a day off today — the only day off on their Cactus League schedule. Brett Anderson is starting a Triple-A game on a back field at Camelback Ranch. If you’re in the area, the game is free to attend, though seating is typically limited to standing room only. Chad Gaudin is throwing a bullpen session, his first time off a mound since he felt a “tweak” in his right biceps Saturday.

Here are a few things I’ve been reading this morning:
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Watch: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly discusses four-HBP game. (Video)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks renewed a rivalry Monday.

At least that seemed to be the opinion of an overzealous home-plate umpire, Tom Woodring, who ejected two Diamondbacks pitchers, manager Chip Hale, and bench coach Glenn Sherlock, when four different players were hit by pitches in a spring training game. The Dodgers won 7-4.

Dodgers starter Chris Anderson hit Diamondbacks slugger Mark Trumbo with a pitch in the first inning. Diamondbacks starter Daniel Hudson hit Justin Turner with a pitch in the bottom of the first.

Things settled down until Turner was hit again in the fifth inning, this time by former Dodgers prospect Allen Webster, who was promptly ejected by Woodring along with Hale. When Dodgers minor-league call-up Dillon Moyer was hit with a pitch by Derek Eitel in the eighth inning, both Eitel and Sherlock (the acting manager) were tossed.

Here was Dodgers manager Don Mattingly‘s response:

Mattingly said that Turner was not seriously injured.