League out 'several months' with right shoulder injury

Reliever hasn't pitched since March 9 due to discomfort

League out 'several months' with right shoulder injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers reliever Brandon League will be out for "several months," manager Don Mattingly said Friday.

The club described the injury as "right posterior shoulder inflammation." Mattingly said a conservative approach would be taken, beginning with three weeks of rest.

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Greinke struggles, reaches pitch limit in 3 2/3 innings

Gonzalez hits RBI double, but Dodgers bats ineffective vs. Giants

Greinke struggles, reaches pitch limit in 3 2/3 innings

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Andrew Susac slugged a homer off reliever Yimi Garcia in the sixth inning as the Giants came from behind Friday night to beat the Dodgers, 8-4 at Camelback Ranch.

Dodgers starter Zack Greinke hit his pitch limit after 3 2/3 innings. Two of the four runs Greinke allowed were unearned on an error by left fielder Carl Crawford, who earlier had an RBI single.

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Mattingly noncommital on choice of starting center fielder

Dodgers manager not in a hurry to choose between Pederson, Ethier

Mattingly noncommital on choice of starting center fielder

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers' Friday night lineup was loaded with expected starters, as well as Joc Pederson.

Manager Don Mattingly was asked why he hadn't yet named Pederson his starting center fielder for Opening Day.

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Frustrated Greinke self-critical after rough start

Dodgers starter feels behind schedule in preparing for season

Frustrated Greinke self-critical after rough start

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Zack Greinke started Spring Training behind schedule because of a "precautionary" elbow lubricating injection. With his first regular-season start 11 days away, he's still behind schedule.

An annoyed Greinke was removed after only 3 2/3 innings Friday night by Dodgers manager Don Mattingly when he reached his 76-pitch limit. Greinke said he felt fine physically, but lacked command with all pitches. Greinke gets one more Spring Training start, tentatively on an extra day of rest Thursday in the Freeway Series against the Angels, although Mattingly hinted there were "other options" that would allow Greinke to start April 7 against the Padres. Greinke was asked if one more start will be enough to start the season.

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Kershaw, Grandal more in sync as tandem

Battery continues to build working relationship

Kershaw, Grandal more in sync as tandem

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw wasn't impressed with his start on Thursday, but he was effective, striking out eight while allowing one run over six innings in a 9-6 win over the White Sox.

His pitch count was up to 88 (plus more in the bullpen afterward) and he will make a short start next Wednesday as a final prep for his Opening Day start on April 6.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Kershaw the engine that drives Dodgers

Kershaw the engine that drives Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw has taken on a larger-than-life persona -- and not just with the Dodgers' fan base.

Kershaw is more than the ace of the Dodgers' rotation. He is the trump card.

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Gaudin, Liberatore limited by injuries

Righty bothered by nerve discomfort; lefty works through groin tightness

Gaudin, Liberatore limited by injuries

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers had new injury reports Thursday on relievers Chad Gaudin and Adam Liberatore.

Gaudin, scheduled to pitch two innings in a Minor League game, had a recurrence of nerve discomfort while warming up and was shut down, with an MRI scheduled. This came five days after Gaudin came out of a game against the Rockies in the third inning after experiencing tingling in his bicep, but insisted he wasn't hurt.

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Kershaw cruises behind Puig, Rollins homers

Lefty fans 8 over six; pair of 2-run shots sets tone

Kershaw cruises behind Puig, Rollins homers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brad Penny's push for a White Sox roster spot, either as a spot-starter for Chris Sale or a long reliever, took a bit of a hit on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in the Dodgers' 9-6 victory.

The Los Angeles offense was led by Yasiel Puig's fifth home run, a two-run shot, of the spring and four RBIs from Jimmy Rollins, who also hit a two-run homer. Penny allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings, while Clayton Kershaw struck out eight in six innings.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Mattingly has logical cure to what ails batters

Dodgers' manager says whole-field approach to hitting is best remedy for downturn in offense

Mattingly has logical cure to what ails batters

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has witnessed the decline of offense firsthand.

He doesn't like it. And he has a solution. It has nothing to do with outlawing defensive shifts or lowering the mound or shrinking the strike zone. It is all about basics.

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Dodgers power up, swat four homers to beat Padres

Puig, Pederson, Turner and Van Slyke go deep; LA uses all relievers on mound

Dodgers power up, swat four homers to beat Padres

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke homered Wednesday at Camelback Ranch in the Dodgers' 9-5 win over the Padres, who got home runs from catcher Derek Norris and starting pitcher Jason Lane.

The Dodgers used relievers throughout, beginning with Juan Nicasio, who allowed two runs in three innings. The fourth Dodgers pitcher, J.P. Howell, was the first one to go unscored upon. Yimi Garcia, the club's No. 15 prospect according to MLB.com, closed the game out with a scoreless ninth and remains in the running for one of the two open bullpen spots.

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Jim Callis

MLB Pipeline checks in from Dodgers camp

Sweeney, Schebler among impressive young talent to shine at Spring Training

MLB Pipeline checks in from Dodgers camp

Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the season ahead. Some are competing for jobs in big league camp, others are prepping for the season as they vie for spots at Minor League affiliates up and down a team's system. MLBPipeline.com will be visiting all 30 camps this spring. Today, we check in on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- No organization has three higher-ranked prospects than the Dodgers do with shortstop Corey Seager (No. 7 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 list), left-hander Julio Urias (No. 8) and outfielder Joc Pederson (No. 14). Though they tend to dominate talk about Los Angeles' farm system, there's plenty of intriguing talent beyond the big three.

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Puig's strong arm, powerful swing on display in same inning

Dodgers right fielder nabs runner at first base, then crushes two-run blast

Puig's strong arm, powerful swing on display in same inning

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yasiel Puig showed off his throwing arm and bat flip in the first inning of Wednesday's Dodgers-Padres game, which the Dodgers won, 9-5, at Camelback Ranch.

San Diego's Wil Myers led off the game with a single past first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to right field, where Puig casually fielded the ball and saw that pitcher Juan Nicasio snuck behind Myers to cover first. Nicasio took Puig's powerful throw and easily tagged Myers out.

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Ryu says left shoulder issue similar to last year

Dodgers lefty unhappy to start season on DL, will work on conditioning, preparing arm

Ryu says left shoulder issue similar to last year

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu said he wasn't surprised doctors discovered no new damage to his left shoulder in an MRI earlier this week.

"I wasn't too worried," Ryu said Wednesday. "It's very similar pain to last year."

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Garcia remains in running for one of open relief roles

Dodgers righty prospect continues impressive spring in bullpen-only game

Garcia remains in running for one of open relief roles

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sent nothing but relievers to the mound in Wednesday's 9-5 win over the Padres.

Of the seven that pitched, swingman Juan Nicasio started and allowed two runs in his third inning of work. Of the others, Sergio Santos and Dustin McGowan allowed home runs, while J.P. Howell, David Aardsma, Paco Rodriguez and Yimi Garcia pitched single scoreless innings.

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Dodgers sell 3 million tickets in record time

Club reaches milestone for 2015 season one week earlier than last year

Dodgers sell 3 million tickets in record time

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers have reached 3 million tickets sold for the 2015 season, the earliest date in franchise history they have reached that mark.

The milestone was reached one week earlier than a year ago, which was the previous franchise record.

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Dodgers land Cuban infielder Olivera for six years

$62.5 million deal includes $28 million bonus

Dodgers land Cuban infielder Olivera for six years

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cuban infielder Hector Olivera has agreed to a $62.5 million deal with the Dodgers, according to an industry source.

The club has not confirmed the agreement, which includes a $28 million signing bonus.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. MLB.com's Ken Gurnick contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ryu to be re-evaluated after rest and rehab

Friedman: News on lefty's shoulder 'wasn't nearly as severe as I probably feared'

Ryu to be re-evaluated after rest and rehab

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was ordered by doctors to rest and rehab his sore left shoulder for two weeks, which club president Andrew Friedman considered a good thing.

"It wasn't nearly as severe as I probably feared," said Friedman, who probably had considered season-ending surgery on Ryu's shoulder, which has flared up three times in the past year.

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Anderson pleased with outing in 'B' Game

With mounting injuries, left-hander's health key to Dodgers' rotation

Anderson pleased with outing in 'B' Game

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With third starter Hyun-Jin Ryu sidelined, fifth starter Brett Anderson's importance to the Dodgers rotation intensifies.

So with most of the club enjoying a day off on Tuesday, Anderson's Minor League start was watched by club president Andrew Friedman and a handful of executives, in addition to manager Don Mattingly and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.

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Mattingly: Dodgers looking at options for Ryu's replacement

Mattingly: Dodgers looking at options for Ryu's replacement

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- While waiting for a medical update on Hyun-Jin Ryu and seemingly prepared for bad news, manager Don Mattingly on Monday morning spoke vaguely about how to replace Ryu short-term.

Based on new management's bold and expensive offseason deals, a long-term injury to Ryu likely will be met with a bold and expensive acquisition from outside the organization.

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History factors into four D-backs ejections vs. Dodgers

Umpires, aware of clubs' past skirmishes, quick to issue warnings

History factors into four D-backs ejections vs. Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Most of the principals in the D-backs-Dodgers history of scuffles may be gone, but the reputation that the two teams do not like each other apparently remains in the minds of many.

That was clear when umpires issued warnings to both teams after a pair of hit by pitches in the first inning of a Cactus League game Monday.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rollins' RBI triple helps Dodgers top visiting D-backs

Shortstop's spring average up to .316; righty Anderson goes 3 innings

Rollins' RBI triple helps Dodgers top visiting D-backs

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona's Yasmany Tomas slugged a three-run home run, but the Dodgers rallied with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 7-4 win on Monday in a game that saw the ejections of four D-backs.

After Mark Trumbo of Arizona and Justin Turner of the Dodgers were hit by pitches in the first inning, plate umpire Tom Woodring issued warnings to both benches. When former Dodgers farmhand Allen Webster hit Turner with a pitch leading off the fifth inning, Woodring ejected Webster and manager Chip Hale.

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Dodgers send lefty reliever Coulombe to Minors

Dodgers send lefty reliever Coulombe to Minors

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers optioned left-handed reliever Daniel Coulombe to the Minor Leagues after Monday's game.

Coulombe, who made a meteoric rise last year from Class A to the Major Leagues, retired all three batters he faced Monday and didn't allow an earned run in 5 2/3 innings this spring.

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McCarthy, pair of relievers get work in during Minors game

McCarthy, pair of relievers get work in during Minors game

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Chris Hatcher and Joel Peralta got their work in against Minor Leaguers on Monday, and fourth starter Brett Anderson will do the same on Tuesday, when the rest of the club enjoys a day off.

McCarthy, the third starter with Hyun-Jin Ryu injured, pitched five scoreless innings in a Triple-A game and said his rhythm and mechanics were improved. Hatcher and Peralta each pitched an inning, making them the first Dodgers to pitch on back-to-back days.

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Strained back to sideline Dodgers' Bedard 4-6 weeks

Strained back to sideline Dodgers' Bedard 4-6 weeks

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers non-roster pitcher Erik Bedard is expected to miss four to six weeks with a strain of the same back muscle that shelved Clayton Kershaw for five weeks last season.

The diagnosis followed an MRI exam, and the injury rules out Bedard from replacing injured starter Hyun-Jin Ryu in the rotation. Ryu is in Los Angeles to have his tender left shoulder examined, with the club prepared for bad news.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Pleskoff: Pederson ready to write LA story

Pleskoff: Pederson ready to write LA story

The Los Angeles Dodgers will have a new look this coming season. Dee Gordon, Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp are among the high-profile players who have found new homes. With the transition comes opportunity, and outfielder Joc Pederson could be among the beneficiaries.

Pederson is a highly regarded center fielder with an outstanding balance of tools. He can hit for average and has power. He can play very good defense with a strong and accurate arm. And he has the speed and agility to steal bases and cover ground in the outfield. He is a complete player.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ryu to start season on disabled list

Ryu to start season on disabled list

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was sent to Los Angeles on Sunday to have his injured left shoulder examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, and manager Don Mattingly conceded that the left-hander will start the season on the disabled list.

Ryu attempted to play catch Sunday, four days after receiving a cortisone injection for the type of shoulder stiffness that sidelined him twice last year, but the discomfort returned.

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Kershaw resumes normal activity after scare

Ryu sent to Los Angeles for examination after setback

Kershaw resumes normal activity after scare

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly delivered a lengthy update on his injured pitchers Sunday, beginning with Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw.

The MVP resumed normal workouts after a light day Saturday in the wake of the line drive to his jaw that required treatment on two teeth.

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Dodgers sign Cuban right-hander Fernandez

Sidearmer to convert from reliever to starter

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Sidearming pitcher Pablo Millan Fernandez from Cuba has agreed to an $8 million Minor League contract with the Dodgers pending a physical, MLB.com confirmed Monday.

The Red Sox, Giants, Padres and Rangers also expressed interest in the pitcher, according to an industry source.

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