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Joel Peralta set to make Dodgers spring debut vs. Reds

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers play a second consecutive night game on Friday, hosting the Cincinnati Reds at Camelback Ranch, and are scheduled to have Joel Peralta on the mound in a game for the first time this spring.

Peralta, curtailed at the beginning of camp by shoulder discomfort, has been throwing bullpen sessions and threw batting practice to live hitters on Tuesday, his final step before returning to the mound.

Peralta, who turns 39 in 10 days, was acquired from the Rays in a four-player trade on Nov. 20.

He won't be the only relief pitcher slated to return to the mound this weekend. Mike Adams is slated to make his Dodgers spring debut on Saturday, and J.P. Howell is recovered enough from his groin tightness to pitch on Saturday as well.

Starting for the Dodgers on Friday night is Brandon McCarthy, making his second spring start, while Jason Marquis starts for the Reds.

In addition to McCarthy and Peralta, Dodgers pitchers scheduled to pitch against the Reds tonight include Daniel Coulombe, Brandon League, Chris Hatcher, Yimi Garcia and Juan Nicasio.

Justin Turner makes his first spring start at shortstop this season. He played 15 games at the position last year, including eight starts.

Scheduled reserves for the Dodgers on Friday include Corey Seager at shortstop, Kyle Jensen at first base, Chris O`Brien at catcher, Scott Schebler in right field, Buck Britton in left, Alex Guerrero at third base, Chris Heisey in center, and Darnell Sweeney at second base.

Among the Reds' scheduled pitchers after Marquis on Friday night are Aroldis Chapman, Keyvius Sampson, Jose Mijares and Carlos Contreras