The Los Angeles Dodgers held their first full-squad workout of Spring Training on Thursday, however Hyun-Jin Ryu was not among the participants due to back stiffness. Ryu was also held out of workouts on Wednesday and while he missed a second-consecutive day, the injury doesn’t appear serious — he underwent an MRI and the results came back negative.
Joining Ryu as being on the mend is reliever Joel Peralta. It was reported Wednesday the right-hander was in danger of missing Opening Day as he’s fallen behind schedule with shoulder discomfort, but that may no longer be the case.
As for position players, Corey Seager, one of the Dodgers’ top prospects, is in his first big league camp and he’ll spend it exclusively playing shortstop. Seager’s size (6’4) has many projecting a transition to third base, though the Dodgers haven’t given any indication they hold the same belief.
On hand for the Dodgers’ workout on Thursday were Eric Karros, serving as a special instructor; Sandy Koufax and Tommy Lasorda. As he’s done in years prior, Koufax oversaw bullpen sessions and offered his advice to pitchers. After his scouting of sorts, Koufax joined the long list of those who spoke highly of 18-year-old lefty Julio Urias.
Here’s a roundup of Thursday’s biggest headlines from Camelback Ranch:
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