The Dodgers will continue their Red Dawn-style invasion of Class-A Rancho Cucamonga over the next week or so, with the proliferation of minor league rehab assignments afoot.
Scott Van Slyke, sidelined since May 30 with mid-left back tightness, is batting second on Saturday, the designated hitter for the Quakes, on the first game of his rehab assignment. Relief pitcher Joel Peralta will pitch a second rehab game at some point on Saturday in relief, having also done so on Thursday. Peralta, out with shoulder soreness and a pinched nerve in his neck, last pitched for the Dodgers on April 23.
But they aren't alone.
Brandon League, out since mid-March with right shoulder inflammation, pitched for the Quakes on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, and has more games planned.
Brandon League said he will pitch back-to-back Monday and Tuesday for Rancho Cucamonga, then take the rehab to OKC.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 13, 2015
Paco Rodriguez will start a rehabilitation assignment Monday.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) June 14, 2015
Paco Rodriguez has bone spurs in his left elbow but no structural damage. He has been sidelined since May 29.
The earliest Van Slyke could have been activated is Monday, but this sounds more like Wednesday, the first day of a homestand, is more likely.
Pedro Baez suffered a right pectoral strain and last pitched for the Dodgers on May 13.
Baez is throwing pens and will pitch in a rehab game in 6-7 days. #Dodgers— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) June 14, 2015
Oh yeah, and then there is Brandon Beachy, recovering from Tommy John surgery, who last pitched in a game on Aug. 20, 2013.
Peralta is pitching 1 inning for @RCQuakes tonight. Beachy will pitch in rehab game on Tuesday.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) June 14, 2015
Beachy will pitch 2 innings for Rancho next week, perhaps on Tuesday.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) June 13, 2015
Beachy will likely need several rehab starts, likely across multiple levels, gradually increasing his endurance each game, much like in spring training. But that makes somewhere near the All-Star break a potential target date for the right-hander.