UPDATE (March 2, 10:00 a.m. PT): While inclement weather forced some Los Angeles Dodgers to workout indoors, Joel Peralta and Hyun-Jin Ryu threw their respective bullpen sessions as expected, via David Vassegh of AM 570:
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) March 2, 2015
With the Los Angeles Dodgers four days away from playing their Cactus League opener, pitchers including, Daniel Coulombe, Chris Hatcher and Clayton Kershaw, among others, threw live batting practice on Saturday the club announced.
Additionally, Zack Greinke threw another bullpen session as he continues to work his way back after being temporarily shut down following a lubricating injection in his right elbow. Also on the mend, Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday, so too is Joel Peralta.
Ryu’s been battling mid-back tightness since Wednesday, which is an ailment he’s previously dealt with and has maintained the situation isn’t serious. The results of an MRI on the left-hander’s back were negative, though he’s still been limited to playing catch.
Ryu began preparing for Spring Training in January and doesn’t believe the extra work contributed to the back tightness that he’s described as spasms. Suffice to say, Ryu getting back on track will be imperative to him eventually achieving his goal of throwing 200 innings this season.
As for Peralta, he’s been hampered throughout camp by soreness in his right shoulder. Like Ryu, Peralta has managed to play catch in recent days; however, unlike his teammate, he’s yet to throw a bullpen session this spring.
There was initial concern Peralta may have fallen behind schedule to the point that he wouldn’t be ready by Opening Day, however that was later dispelled. If Peralta isn’t recovered by the start of the 2015 season, it would be another significant loss for a bullpen that’s already slated to be without Kenley Jansen until at least the end of April.