A couple pregame notes from Camelback Ranch:
1. Two days after throwing his last bullpen session, Brandon League told reporters that he’ll undergo an MRI on his right shoulder. In all likelihood he will begin the season on the disabled list. That brings the unofficial tally of disabled Dodgers to four: League (15-day DL), Hyun-Jin Ryu (15); pitchers Brandon Beachy and Chris Withrow are both on the 60-day DL.
2. Matt Kemp is not in the Padres’ lineup today.
3. The Dodgers were one of five teams (along with the Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Tigers and Phillies) that lost money last year, according to Forbes.
4. Juan Nicasio is starting this “bullpen game,” but the Dodgers still see him as a reliever. This is not, by all accounts, an attempt to stretch him out as a starter.
Here are both lineups for the 1 p.m. game at Camelback Ranch:
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.
Dodgers pitcher Erik Bedard could be out until May with a strained left teres major muscle.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — We gained a little clarity about the Dodgers’ fifth starter situation Monday morning.
To recap so far: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy are having healthy springs. Hyun-Jin Ryu is not. He flew back to Los Angeles to get an MRI on his ailing left shoulder and will begin the season on the disabled list.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Ryu is scheduled to meet with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache later today and will fly back to Arizona tomorrow. Mattingly also shared just how irrelevant the fifth starter will be for the Dodgers in April: He’ll start April 13 or 14 against the Seattle Mariners at home, then again April 23 or 24 against the San Francisco Giants.
So, potentially, Ryu can start the season on the disabled list and still miss only one start — two if the injury is serious enough to knock him out for a month.