Hyun-jin Ryu, who received an anti-inflammatory injection in his left shoulder on Friday, resumed throwing on Sunday, his first step toward rejoining the starting five.
"He's been feeling 100% since almost immediately after the injection," manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday.
Ryu missed two stints in 2014 with left shoulder inflammation, going 23 days in between starts both times. His availability for the first week of the regular season remains in question.
One of the "next in line" crew of starting pitchers includes Chad Gaudin, who tweaked his right bicep on Saturday, said he felt better on Sunday and doesn't expect to miss any time.
"He felt totally normal today. He's going to play catch today," Mattingly said. "He's got a bullpen scheduled for tomorrow, and as of right now he's going to throw it."
With Tuesday's pending camp off day, the Dodgers planned on giving the entire starting rotation an extra day of rest. That means Clayton Kershaw will start on Thursday against the White Sox.
The Dodgers will start Chris Anderson on Monday against the Diamondbacks, with scheduled starter Brandon McCarthy instead pitching against Reds Triple-A players in a minor league game on the back fields of Camelback Ranch. Part of the reason for McCarthy pitching in the controlled environment of a minor league game is to work on things after allowing six runs on eight hits in four innings last Wednesday against the Cubs.
"We want to make sure we can control the ups and downs. He wants to work on certain things," Mattingly said. "He wants to work on anything he wants to work on, not get caught up in trying to get out of the inning, or anything like that."
But another reason McCarthy will pitch on the back fields is likely because the Dodgers face Arizona in their second series of the regular season. If Ryu is healthy, McCarthy would be slated to start against the Diamondbacks, and managers are loathe to give teams free looks at a pitcher during spring training when a regular season start looms so early in the year.
But for now, McCarthy and Brett Anderson will move up a slot in the rotation with Ryu sidelined. Anderson will start against Brewers Class-A hitters in a minor league game on Tuesday's off day, with Wednesday's Dodgers starter still to be determined.
Brandon League also threw a bullpen session on Sunday, and if all goes well could pitch in a game later in the week.
But first things first. On Sunday, new father David Huff starts for the Dodgers. Because the swing man will likely only pitch a couple innings, the Dodgers will use the designated hitter against the Indians, who send Corey Kluber to the mound.
Other Dodgers pitchers scheduled to pitch on Sunday include J.P. Howell, Paco Rodriguez, Joel Peralta, David Aardsma and Yimi Garcia.