SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Every day that goes by, the chances of the Dodgers trading for a starting pitcher seem to increase. Injuries are forcing the issue.
On Friday morning, the team announced that Hyun-Jin Ryu was feeling tightness in his left shoulder and is shut down from throwing for now, making him unlikely to be ready at the start of the season.
Later Friday night in San Antonio, veteran lefty Erik Bedard, bidding to be the spot starter in Ryu’s place, left his game early with triceps tightness.
On Saturday, it was Chad Gaudin’s turn.
Perhaps the favorite to fill in for Ryu, Gaudin left his game after facing two batters in the third inning with what he would describe as a “tweak” near his right biceps. Gaudin was cruising before he allowed a Nick Hundley double and a Trevor Story triple. Catcher A.J. Ellis went to the mound and motioned for trainers.
Gaudin downplayed the severity of the injury and said he thinks it’s unrelated to the neck injury that caused him to fail a physical with the Philadelphia Phillies last spring. After leaving Phillies camp, Gaudin required surgery to relieve pressure on a nerve in his neck that caused a loss of feeling and dexterity in his pitching hand. Gaudin did not pitch in 2014.
“What I heard Chad say was it felt like he got hit in the funny bone,” Mattingly said Saturday. “Once we heard that, [trainer] Stan [Conte] said, ‘Let’s not keep going.’ Obviously, you’re concerned about guys. I don’t know what the extent is with Erik, and then we’ll just have to see with Chad.”