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.