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Chad Gaudin scratched from minors start, to have MRI

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chad Gaudin was scratched from his scheduled minor league appearance on Thursday afternoon after feeling tingling in the fingers of his right hand. The pitcher will have an MRI exam on Friday in Phoenix.

"He's feeling the same thing he felt before, which is tingling in his fingers, which was enough to stop it," manager Don Mattingly said. "He said it felt like it hit your funny bone."

Gaudin left his start last Saturday after facing two batters in the third inning of a scheduled three-inning stint. At the time his injury was downplayed as a biceps "tweak," but apparently Gaudin also was feeling tingling in his fingers on Saturday, too.

Gaudin felt the tingling in his fingers after throwing a few pitches in the bullpen while warming up on Thursday, and that's when his minor league start against the White Sox was shut down.

"Its obviously not a good thing. If you've got tingling, you've got something," Mattingly said. "Something is hitting you somewhere."

The extent of Gaudin's current malady is unknown, but his hand not feeling right is nothing new for the pitcher. In 2014 the pitcher had a Phrenectomy, a rare surgical procedure in the neck designed to relieve nerve pressure, and missed the entire season.

"All of a sudden I was throwing and it felt weird in my hand. And it just got worse from there," Gaudin said in February, describing his 2014 injury. "No pain, no numbness, no tingling. Just a loss of dexterity and slowly fatigued."

The Dodgers signed Gaudin to a minor league contract on Feb. 25 as a non-roster invitee to big league camp. In four Cactus League games this spring, he allowed two runs on three hits in six innings, with nine strikeouts and no walks.