Mattingly confident in Peralta's availability for opener

Dodgers veteran reliever dealing with right shoulder stiffness

Mattingly confident in Peralta's availability for opener

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the club is confident reliever Joel Peralta will be ready for Opening Day.

"We all expect him to be ready for the season," Mattingly said.

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Ryu's MRI clean, but left-hander rests another day

Ryu's MRI clean, but left-hander rests another day

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- An MRI on the back of Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu revealed no structural damage, but he was held out of workouts for a second day on Thursday becase of mid-back stiffness, manager Don Mattingly said.

Mattingly said the club is not concerned with Ryu falling behind schedule as long as he has no setbacks.

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Koufax, Lasorda to greet Dodgers at camp

Koufax, Lasorda to greet Dodgers at camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Thursday is the first full-squad workout of the thoroughly rebuilt Dodgers and it must be a really big deal, because even Sandy Koufax will be there.

The Hall of Famer's appearance at Camelback Ranch has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated rituals since Koufax became special advisor to chairman Mark Walter in 2013.

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McCarthy, Anderson eye successful reunion in L.A.

McCarthy, Anderson eye successful reunion in L.A.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- That they are former A's reunited as Dodgers teammates only scratches the surface of the Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson relationship. They are similarly strong Twitter follows, similarly cynical sorts, similarly proud of what McCarthy calls a "terrible" taste in music. They are similarly curious, as evidenced the other day when Anderson tweeted about their discussion pertaining to whether fish sleep (and yes, fish sleep, for the record).

As McCarthy put it, "We're similarly socially awkward people with dry senses of humor."

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Peralta could miss start of season

Shoulder stiffness puts reliever two weeks behind schedule

Peralta could miss start of season

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers reliever Joel Peralta, sidelined by shoulder stiffness, said he is hopeful he will be able to throw off a mound by next week.

That will put Peralta nearly two weeks behind the rest of the team's pitchers and at risk of opening the season on the disabled list.

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Greinke throws in bullpen, feels 'same as I did last year'

Greinke throws in bullpen, feels 'same as I did last year'

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After throwing his first bullpen session since a Thursday elbow injection, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke said he has no more concern about his health now than he did a year ago.

"It's the same as I did last year, at the end of the year, at the beginning of the year, in the offseason and the last time I talked to you guys," said Greinke. "There's always a little bit of concern."

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Veteran right-hander Gaudin in camp with Dodgers

Swingman has pitched for nine big league teams in 11 seasons

Veteran right-hander Gaudin in camp with Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers' collection of veteran pitchers continued to grow Wednesday with the signing of free agent right-hander Chad Gaudin to a Minor League contract with a big league camp invitation.

Gaudin, 32 next month, failed a physical with Philadelphia last spring. He then underwent a foraminotomy procedure by back specialist Robert Watkins to relieve pressure on a nerve in his neck that caused a loss of feeling and dexterity in his hand and forearm. He missed the entire 2014 season.

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Ethier meets with Dodgers about role on club

Ethier meets with Dodgers about role on club

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Andre Ethier said he met with club management on Monday to "clear the air" about his desire to be a starting outfielder, whether on the Dodgers or elsewhere.

"I hope so. I think so," Ethier said when asked if he will be given a chance to win back his starting job. "I think they understand where I'm coming from and my intentions. With me still being here, I have to assume they're at least considering it."

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Jansen, Dodgers relieved after MRI delivers good news

Growth in left foot not life-threatening; closer should return in two to three months

Jansen, Dodgers relieved after MRI delivers good news

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Kenley Jansen hobbled into the Dodgers' clubhouse Monday on crutches with his left foot in a cast to his mid-shin, feeling pretty lucky. When the doctors tell you that a growth in your foot isn't life-threatening, you feel lucky.

Jansen said he had been feeling increasing discomfort after recent workouts, and he decided to have it checked. The initial X-ray sent chills throughout the medical department, until an MRI assured the club that the growth wasn't serious and the closer would be able to resume his career in two to three months.

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Mattingly believes Ryu deserves more attention

Mattingly believes Ryu deserves more attention

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In a starting rotation headed by Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly thinks Hyun-Jin Ryu doesn't get enough credit.

"He's one of the top pitchers in baseball," Mattingly said.

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When scorpions attack: Dodgers staffer stung twice

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When scorpions attack: Dodgers staffer stung twice

Last week's scorpion invasion of the White Sox training camp hit the Dodgers' side of Camelback Ranch Tuesday, when assistant public relations director Jon Chapper was stung twice.

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Transfer news: Has Yasiel Puig joined Real Madrid?

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Transfer news: Has Yasiel Puig joined Real Madrid?

Dodgers fans probably didn't think they had to worry about Yasiel Puig leaving the club to go play professional soccer, especially after the January transfer window closed with nary a peep from the English tabloids. But with Puig having shown that he can dominate in the Majors, perhaps he's now looking for a new challenge in the world of European football. 

Earlier this week, Puig posted two videos showing off his impressive ball-handling skills. At first it seemed like the kind of a thing a player would do to stay loose during Spring Training and no one thought anything of it. 

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Search it: Aardsma credits web for rebirth

Veteran reliever's trek back from multiple injuries began with simple online query

Search it: Aardsma credits web for rebirth

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- What if you could search, "Fix my pitching mechanics," and it really worked? What if we ask David Aardsma?

"That's pretty much how it happened," Aardsma said after reporting to the Dodgers' Major League spring camp.

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Back stiffness keeps Ryu out of workouts

Back stiffness keeps Ryu out of workouts

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was held out of workouts Wednesday because of mid-back stiffness, manager Don Mattingly said.

Ryu threw a normal bullpen session Tuesday, but Mattingly said the discomfort came on afterwards.

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Mattingly expects Ethier will be 'professional'

Manager doesn't think playing-time issue will be a distraction

Mattingly expects Ethier will be 'professional'

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier reported to Spring Training on Monday and gave a glimpse of how awkward his situation could become.

Wearing earbuds, Ethier avoided interaction with the media only hours after manager Don Mattingly said there would "definitely be conversations" with the outfielder "so we're all on the same page."

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Greinke, Peralta, Anderson continue workouts

Greinke, Peralta, Anderson continue workouts

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitchers Zack Greinke and Joel Peralta continued to progress from minor medical issues and played flat-ground catch for a second day Monday.

Greinke had a precautionary elbow injection Thursday and Peralta had shoulder tenderness two weeks ago.

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Losing Lopez dampened pursuit of Moncada

Dodgers never made formal offer to phenom after Cuban pitcher chose D-backs

Losing Lopez dampened pursuit of Moncada

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers' desire to sign Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada apparently was blunted when they lost out to Arizona in the bidding for countryman Yoan Lopez in January.

Moncada agreed to a deal with Boston on Monday for $31.5 million, plus an equal amount in tax. The Dodgers -- although communicating with Moncada's agent throughout his free agency in case the market failed to materialize -- never made a formal offer, general manager Farhan Zaidi said.

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Dodgers add reliever McGowan to pitching ranks

Versatile right-hander signs one-year deal; righty Beachy placed on 60-day disabled list

Dodgers add reliever McGowan to pitching ranks

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The same day that Kenley Jansen hobbled into the clubhouse on crutches, free-agent reliever Dustin McGowan joined the Dodgers, and that's no coincidence.

"It came together pretty quick," said the former Blue Jays right-hander, who officially signed a one-year contract that could pay as much as $3 million.

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Grandal getting practice catching Kershaw

Though Ellis likely will pair with Dodgers ace, new backstop prepping

Grandal getting practice catching Kershaw

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yasmani Grandal said he expects A.J. Ellis to get most of the catching starts for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw because of their successful history, but he'll be ready just in case.

Manager Don Mattingly said earlier that Ellis won't be Kershaw's personal catcher and provided further proof Sunday by having Grandal catch Kershaw's second bullpen session of the spring.

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Greinke, Peralta back in action for Dodgers

Greinke, Peralta back in action for Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitchers Zack Greinke and Joel Peralta resumed playing catch Sunday, manager Don Mattingly reported.

Greinke on Thursday received a lubricating injection in his right elbow as a precautionary measure to head off usual Spring Training discomfort. The injection, generally of hyaluronan, is frequently used by arthritis patients seeking pain relief by adding the lubricant to creaky joints.

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Anderson taking it slow with bullpen sessions

Anderson taking it slow with bullpen sessions

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Every Dodgers pitcher who threw a bullpen session Friday threw a second one Sunday except Brett Anderson, whose workload is being managed as he returns from lower back surgery.

Instead, Anderson said he played extra catch Sunday and expects to throw a bullpen session Monday.

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Nicasio embracing new life as reliever

Acquisition expected to be long man; Frias shifting to starting role

Nicasio embracing new life as reliever

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In the Major Leagues last year, Juan Nicasio was mostly a starting pitcher and Carlos Frias was mostly a reliever.

But in this new Dodgers world, at least at the start of Spring Training, manager Don Mattingly said Nicasio will be a multi-innings reliever and Frias will be a starter.

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Howell to miss Spring Training due to health issues

Assistant pitching coach split assignments between Majors and Minors last season

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers assistant pitching coach Ken Howell, beset in recent years by complications from diabetes, will miss Spring Training because of continuing health issues.

"Doing much better, thanks," Howell texted on Sunday.

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Greinke has lubricating injection in right elbow

Veteran starter attempting to prevent annual Spring Training dead arm

Greinke has lubricating injection in right elbow

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Attempting to head off his annual spring dead arm, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke on Thursday had a lubricating injection in his right elbow.

Greinke, who has said he's had nagging elbow discomfort nearly every Spring Training, will be shut down for a few days, but the Dodgers are calling this a precautionary measure rather than a new injury.

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Dodgers ink Beachy to a one-year deal

Dodgers ink Beachy to a one-year deal

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers see the signing of rehabbing free agent Brandon Beachy as depth for the second half of 2015 and a viable rotation piece for 2016, when Zack Greinke and Brett Anderson could be free agents.

Beachy, still recovering from a second Tommy John elbow reconstruction, signed a deal Saturday for one year at $2.75 million and a club option for 2016 that ranges from $3 million to $6 million depending how much he pitches this year.

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Peralta behind schedule due to right-shoulder discomfort

Peralta behind schedule due to right-shoulder discomfort

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers are already without closer Kenley Jansen because of foot surgery, and now reliever Joel Peralta is behind schedule in his throwing program after experiencing right shoulder discomfort in a bullpen session two weeks ago.

But Peralta said Saturday that he plans to resume playing catch Sunday, hopes to throw a bullpen session in a few days and is not worried about being ready for the start of the season.

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Catcher Solis, Dodgers part ways over contractual issue

Catcher Solis, Dodgers part ways over contractual issue

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Non-roster catcher Ali Solis had a contractual issue and is no longer in camp with the Dodgers.

Solis, 27, had brief appearances in the big leagues with the Padres in 2012 and Tampa Bay last year.

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Dodgers' offensive success may rest on Puig's shoulders

Outfielder gets to work early, adjusts mechanics in cage

Dodgers' offensive success may rest on Puig's shoulders

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- On the back fields, on the pitching rubbers, the Dodgers' pitchers and catchers held the annual ritual that is their first workout of the spring, with Clayton Kershaw testing out a rusty curveball and Brett Anderson debuting for his new bosses and the candidates to temporarily replace ailing closer Kenley Jansen just beginning to get loose. At this very early stage of camp, there was, unsurprisingly, far less activity in the batting cages, but the man who bolted straight to them after a morning meeting was unmistakable.

It was Yasiel Puig, one of the game's most fascinating and, yes, polarizing figures.

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Kershaw unimpressed by first 'pen session of spring

Kershaw unimpressed by first 'pen session of spring

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The reigning best pitcher in baseball took the mound Friday with the first set of Dodgers pitchers to throw bullpen sessions.

Clayton Kershaw made 30 pitches to catcher A.J. Ellis. Kershaw was typically unimpressed.

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Mattingly favors improving pace of game

Mattingly favors improving pace of game

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hadn't had time to read the new MLB rules on pace of game, but he liked what he heard.

"I like the word 'pace' as opposed to speeding the game up, we should have a good pace to the game," Mattingly said. "I think some of the rules have been there, we just have to enforce it. I'm all for playing at a better pace. We can cut out some of the down time."

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