Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin, third from left, speaks with head athletic trainer Stan Conte about a “tweak” sensation in his right biceps area Saturday. (Associated Press photo)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin will undergo an MRI exam after feeling a tingling sensation in his right hand Thursday, manager Don Mattingly said.
Gaudin reported feeling a “tweak” sensation in his right biceps in his last Cactus League start Saturday. But he recovered in the meantime and was scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game Thursday at Camelback Ranch.
“He got all the way to the mound, the bullpen mound, threw a couple and was feeling the same thing,” Mattingly said of Gaudin. “He’s feeling the same feeling he felt before, tingling in his fingers and things like that — enough to stop it. … He said it felt like you hit your funny bone.”
WATCH: Don Mattingly discusses Chad Gaudin’s recurrence of injury symptoms.
The injury adds to a growing list of ailments that is depleting the Dodgers’ pitching depth. Veteran Erik Bedard was expected to compete with Gaudin for a spot starter’s job, but he has been sidelined with a left triceps injury. The Dodgers will need a spot starter at least twice in April because left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has inflammation in his left shoulder.
Reliever Brandon League had an MRI on his right shoulder and is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.
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.
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.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — For Dodgers infielder Alex Guerrero, news that pitcher Pablo Millan Fernandez agreed to a minor-league deal with the Dodgers (pending a physical) was welcome Monday morning.
“We know each other good,” Guerrero said in Spanish, adding that he’s batted against Fernandez in Cuba.
“Good control, command, great kid, good attitude, that’s all I can say,” Guerrero said by way of a scouting report. “Slider, fastball — the best thing is that he locates them good.”
Fernandez, 25, is married and comes with a reputation of being a mature player. Guerrero called Fernandez a “calm kid” and “humble.”
By all accounts, Fernandez’s final off-field issue should be obtaining his U.S. work visa.