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Chad Gaudin has neck nerve irritation, will stay behind in Arizona

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers non-roster pitcher Chad Gaudin was diagnosed with neck nerve irritation, his MRI results showed, and the right-hander will remain at Camelback Ranch in Arizona after camp breaks on Wednesday.

"He's going to start here, still kind of on that rest program for now," manager Don Mattingly said on Tuesday.

There is no timetable yet for Gaudin's return.

The Dodgers signed Gaudin, 32, to a minor league contract on Feb. 25 with a non-roster invitation to big league camp. He was pitching wonderfully, with a chance to make the club as a swing man in the bullpen. He struck out nine and walked none in six Cactus League innings in four appearances, and the only two runs he allowed came on March 21 against the Rockies at Salt River Fields in an inning in which he was hurt.

What was first described as a tweak in his bicep was later classified as a tingling feeling in the fingers of his right hand. He was scratched from a minor league start last Thursday, and hasn't thrown since.

"The only time he was able to reproduce the feeling was when he gets up on the mound," Mattingly said. "With that they feel like a little bit of rest will get some inflammation out of there, and he'll be able to get back throwing again."

In 2014 the pitcher had a Phrenectomy, a rare surgical procedure in the neck designed to relieve nerve pressure, and missed the entire season.

Gaudin is expected to provide starting depth at Triple-A Oklahoma City.