SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Just when it looked like Chad Gaudin was pitching himself onto the Dodgers' roster, the right-hander left his Saturday start early with what the team is calling a "tweak" in his right bicep.
Both the team and Gaudin said the right-hander felt fine and that there were no real concerns with the injury, though I suppose we'll see next week if and when Gaudin is next able to pitch.
Gaudin felt a tweak through his bicep. He said no real concerns.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 21, 2015
#Dodgers say Chad Gaudin is fine after what Gaudin called"a little tweak" in upper R arm.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) March 21, 2015
Spoke to Gaudin after he was lifted in 3rd. Said he felt a tweak in his throwing arm and they're just being cautious. He isn't concerned.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) March 21, 2015
#Dodgers Chad Gaudin said he felt "tweak" in biceps area on pitch during 2d inning. Didn't want to take risk of pitching thru it in ST game— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) March 21, 2015
Gaudin threw 34 pitches in his two-plus innings, and was scheduled to pitch three innings. Both batters he faced in the third inning scored, the first two runs scored against him this spring.
"What I heard Chad say was that it felt like he hit a funny bone," Mattingly said. "We'll see where we're at in the next couple of days."
Gaudin retired the first six batters of the game, including two by strikeout, pushing his Cactus League numbers to nine strikeouts and no walks over six innings. Gaudin, a non-roster invitee signed to a minor league contract on Feb. 25, has been praised by Don Mattingly this spring as a possible swing man, one who could pitch multiple innings in relief and also spot start if needed on occasion.
Nick Hundley hit a booming ground rule double to center field to open the third inning off Gaudin, then Trevor Story followed with a triple to nearly the same spot. That's when catcher A.J. Ellis summoned trainer Stan Conte and Mattingly to the mound to examine Gaudin.
After a few minutes he was removed from the game, replaced by Sergio Santos in relief.