Hyun-Jin Ryu, Erik Bedard, and the Dodgers’ quest for a fifth starter.

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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.

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Chad Gaudin “tweaks” biceps as pitching ailments pile up in Dodgers camp.

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Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin, third from left, speaks with head athletic trainer Stan Conte about a “tweak” sensation in his right biceps area. (Associated Press photo)


When Hyun-Jin Ryu’s first start of the season for the Dodgers was jeopardized by shoulder inflammation, veterans Erik Bedard and Chad Gaudin figured to be among the top candidates to make a spot start if needed.

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Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu receives anti-inflammatory injection in left shoulder. Update.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Hyun-Jin Ryu won’t throw for three days, the Dodgers announced Friday, two days after the pitcher received an inflammation-reducing injection in his left shoulder.

Now, it appears likely he will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list.

Ryu reported feeling tightness in his left shoulder Wednesday, one day after he threw three innings against the Texas Rangers and allowed three runs. After consulting with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache, Ryu elected to have the injection.

Ryu, who turns 28 on Wednesday, had been scheduled to start Sunday against the Cleveland Indians.

“I am frustrated,” Ryu said through an interpreter Friday at Camelback Ranch. “For this year, I put in a lot of preparation. I’m just going to have to start all over. I’m a little frustrated I got stopped right now.”

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