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Joel Peralta Nears Return To Dodgers; Pitchers Continue Rehab



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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Dodgers have been more of the latter than the former in the past week.

Four relievers and a starting pitcher have all pitched for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, and it appears one is on his way back to the Majors. Joel Peralta started his rehab assignment with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes before heading to OKC to pitch consecutive games on Thursday and Friday. Relievers Brandon League and Paco Rodriguez, along with starting pitcher Brandon Beachy, also pitched for the Quakes and are now in OKC. Pedro Baez started his rehab in Triple-A.

As for Peralta, manager Don Mattingly said the right-hander was on his way back to Los Angeles on Saturday. “We just want to make sure he’s OK and then we’ll make a decision on where to go from there,” Mattingly said. When asked if Peralta could be activated for the away series against the Chiacago Cubs, Mattingly replied, “I think there’d be a chance at that.”

If Peralta is reinstated, newly recalled reliever Matt West could be heading back down.

The left-handed Rodriguez pitched for OKC on Saturday night, going one inning with a hit, a walk and three strikeouts. He’s pitching with a bone spur in his elbow and could need a few more appearances before he’s ready to return.

On Sunday, three Dodgers are expected to pitch for OKC. Beachy will get the start and is on a pitch count of 45 pitches. League is slated to pitch two innings and Baez is expected to throw another.

Beachy made his first appearance since 2013 this past week with the Quakes, going 1.2 innings. The right-hander has been handled very carefully, coming off Tommy John surgery. He is expected to join the Dodgers rotation when fully healthy.

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Written by Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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