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Ryu gets nod to start second game of season

Ryu gets nod to start second game of season

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Hyun-Jin Ryu will start the second game of the season for the Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly confirmed Tuesday, with Chad Billingsley missing his first turn through the rotation because of his healing bruised index finger.

Billingsley will pitch in a Minor League game Friday in Arizona and will slide into the rotation at some point after Clayton Kershaw, Ryu, Josh Beckett and Zack Greinke pitch the first four games. Billingsley was able to throw curveballs during a bullpen session Monday, but he will be given an extra day to rebound.

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Mattingly said he has had conversations with the three veteran starting pitchers not in the rotation -- Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang -- "so psychologically they know where it sits if nothing would change."

Lilly still needs to build arm strength to be a starter, while Capuano and Harang are being scouted by Pittsburgh, Seattle and Cleveland, although no deal is imminent.

The Dodgers might keep two of the three for bullpen work, although that would make it nearly impossible for non-roster reliever Kevin Gregg to make the club.

Mattingly also said that reliever Scott Elbert, who had a setback in his recovery from two elbow operations, went to Los Angeles for a platelet-rich plasma injection. He will resume tossing this week, but there's no timetable for his return.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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