Some of the excitement surrounding the beginning of Spring Training for the Los Angeles Dodgers was tempered due to multiple pitchers succumbing to some form of injury or ailment. The Dodgers lost Kenley Jansen prior to camp beginning and have Zack Greinke and Joel Peralta be setback since.
As the Dodgers began their Cactus League schedule Wednesday, manager Don Mattingly expressed little concern over his team’s health. “We’re actually, knock on wood, have been fairly healthy,” he said. “We’ve had guys miss a day or two but everyone is on track.”
While it once appeared as though reliever Joel Peralta was in danger of beginning the season on the disabled list, it was later dispelled and Mattingly furthered the notion of it not being true. “We’re kind of on track with everyone,” he said. “Right now, there would be nobody that’s behind as far as anything being jeopardized for April.”
Mattingly’s comments confirm — as much as they can — that along with Peralta, Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu are also on the verge of returning to full health if it hasn’t already happened. Ryu threw another bullpen session Wednesday and conceivably could start a game next week.
While it isn’t necessarily required, Mattingly added he believes Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt may have Ryu first throw live batting practice.
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