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Hyun-jin Ryu, Joel Peralta throw bullpen sessions for Dodgers

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Joel Peralta and Hyun-jin Ryu each returned to the mound on Monday.
Joel Peralta and Hyun-jin Ryu each returned to the mound on Monday.
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A pair of Dodgers pitchers returned to the mound on a rainy Monday at Camelback Ranch, with Hyun-jin Ryu and Joel Peralta each throwing bullpen sessions after each was sidelined in the last week.

Ryu threw 32 pitches in his bullpen session, six days after throwing his last bullpen session. Ryu reported tightness in his back last week, though an MRI showed no structural damage.

"Overall, my arm and back feels great," Ryu said. "I threw all my pitches today, and I didn't see any problem. I feel good."

Up next for Ryu will likely be another bullpen session, perhaps on Thursday, followed by facing live hitters his next time out after that.

With the rotation laid out by manager Don Mattingly, the first time through the order likely won't include Ryu, though if all goes according to plan he could slot in the second time through. Erik Bedard is scheduled to start Wednesday's Cactus League opener, followed by Clayton Kershaw on Thursday. Mattingly said Friday's split squad games would be started by Zach Lee and David Huff, with Zack Greinke, Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson in some order, each getting their own day following that.

"Each guy is going to be individually where they're at. We'll see what happens with this. After two days off, [Ryu will] have another pen, then Ryu will throw batting practice," Mattingly said. "At some point we want to get him in there with hitters."

Ryu, who threw four bullpen sessions before Dodgers camp opened, said he still feels strong and isn't deterred by this minor setback.

"Even when I was hurting, I wasn't too worried," Ryu said. "Overall it just feels like a few days behind."

Peralta's bullpen session was his first of the camp, after reporting shoulder discomfort a few days prior to reporting. Peralta, 39, said his shoulder felt fine after his Monday bullpen session. Mattingly said Peralta will either throw a bullpen session next or perhaps a few side sessions on the back fields before throwing to batters.

"I don't know what the plan is, but definitely I need to throw at least one or two more bullpens before I start facing hitters," Peralta said. "We're trying to do whatever needs to be done.

Peralta on Sunday echoed what Mattingly said, that the reliever is still expected to be ready for opening day despite the early shoulder woes.

"As a reliever you don't need a lot. It's not like starters, who need to build up innings or pitches," Peralta said. "I usually pitch eight, nine, 10 games, maybe 12 is the most during spring. I'm thinking seven or eight games is all I'll need to get ready."