Dodgers release Ryan Webb. What just happened? Update.

Ryan WebbThe Dodgers released Ryan Webb today, ending the remarkably interesting saga of a man who never pitched a game in a Dodgers uniform.

Update (6:15 p.m.): The Cleveland Indians signed Webb and assigned him to their Triple-A affiliate.
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Watch: Dodgers pitcher Ben Rowen throws first live batting practice.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Ben Rowen is among a small handful of players in camp whose 2014 season ended with surgery. In Rowen’s case it was thoracic outlet surgery, the same surgery that sidelined Josh Beckett in 2013.

The lanky right-hander only recently started throwing off a mound. Wednesday, he faced live hitters for the first time at Camelback Ranch. Rowen got through the session just fine and has crossed off every checkmark in his rehab so far.

Rowen’s submarine delivery is unusual, but it allows him to get by with a fastball in the low-80s. Here’s your first look at the non-roster invitee in action:

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.

Dodgers’ Ben Rowen recovering quickly from thoracic outlet surgery.

Ben Rowen

Ben Rowen appeared in eight major-league games with the Texas Rangers last year and allowed four runs in 8 2/3 innings. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brandon Beachy and Chris Withrow, both of whom had Tommy John procedures on their right elbow last year, aren’t the only pitchers in camp recovering from major surgeries.

Right-hander Ben Rowen, a non-roster invitee, had thoracic outlet surgery on his right shoulder last November. It’s the same surgery that ended Josh Beckett’s 2013 season with the Dodgers.

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Erik Bedard and Ben Rowen bring Dodgers’ list of non-roster invitees to 18.

Erik Bedard

Erik Bedard went 4-6 with a 4.76 earned-run average in 17 games (15 starts) for the Tampa Bay Rays last season.

The Dodgers announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen and left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard to minor-league contracts with invitations to major league spring training camp.

That brings the number of non-roster invitees to 18:

Pitchers (8): Chris Anderson, Erik Bedard, Ryan BuchterDavid HuffJosh Ravin, Ben RowenSergio Santos, Julio Urias

Position players (10): Erisbel ArruebarrenaBuck BrittonMatt Carson, O’Koyea Dickson, Kyle Jensen, Chris O’Brien, Corey SeagerAli SolisDarnell Sweeney,Shawn Zarraga

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