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Minor league rehab assignments galore on tap for Dodgers

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Paco Rodriguez is one of several Dodgers lined up for minor league rehab games this week.
Paco Rodriguez is one of several Dodgers lined up for minor league rehab games this week.
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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.

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.

Oh yeah, and then there is Brandon Beachy, recovering from Tommy John surgery, who last pitched in a game on Aug. 20, 2013.

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.