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.
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.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brandon McCarthy was listed as the Dodgers’ probable starter for this game, but he’ll throw a minor-league game instead. Chris Anderson will come up from the minor-league side to start against the Diamondbacks.
Don Mattingly makes no secret that he’ll hide a player from a divisional opponent when he can. The Dodgers and D-Backs are scheduled to play 19 games against each other this season, all in North America.
Jimmy Rollins SS
Justin Turner 1B
Adrian Gonzalez DH
Howie Kendrick 2B
Andre Ethier LF
Juan Uribe 3B
Chris Heisey RF
A.J. Ellis C
Kiké Hernandez CF
(Chris Anderson RHP)
Bench: Joc Pederson, Darwin Barney, Alex Guerrero.
Bullpen: Adam Libertaore, Daniel Coulombe, Sergio Santos, Pedro Baez.
Update (9:30 a.m.): Several minor leaguers had their names added to the reserve list today: Paul Hoenecke, Peter Lavin, Lars Anderson, Kyle Farmer, Webster Rivas, Ryan Scott, Dillon Moyer, Nate Samson, Casio Grider and Jon Garcia.
Update (12:10 p.m.). The Diamondbacks have announced their lineup:
Ender Inciarte LF
Micah Owings SS
A.J. Pollock CF
Mark Trumbo RF
Jake Lamb 1B
Yasmany Tomas 3B
Aaron Hill 2B
Gerald Laird C
Daniel Hudson RHP