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Dodgers' Brandon Beachy, Elian Herrera, Rico Noel won't make trip to Freeway Series

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Rico Noel won't be joining the Dodgers for the Freeway Series.
Rico Noel won't be joining the Dodgers for the Freeway Series.
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PHOENIX -- The Dodgers break camp on Wednesday after their afternoon game against the Indians, with the next stop Los Angeles and the Freeway Series against the Angels. But three players who won't be joining the team for the annual exhibition are Brandon Beachy, Rico Noel and Elian Herrera.

All three players will remain in Arizona after the rest of the team leaves, manager Dave Roberts said on Wednesday morning.

The three were technically reassigned to minor league camp after the Dodgers' game against the Indians as the club continues to pare down the roster with opening day approaching.

"I want to continue to see Rob Segedin. He's going to make the trip out there, as well as Charlie Culberson," Roberts said. "Austin Barnes, Trayce Thompson and those guys are still in the mix."

Also in the mix is Luis Avilan, despite his recent struggles.

"We haven't closed that door," Roberts said.

If Avilan doesn't make the club, barring another transaction the Dodgers will only have one left-hander in the bullpen.

"Even if we decide to go with one lefty, we are fortunate to have right-handers that if you look at their splits, they get lefties out," Roberts said. "That's a luxury to have."

Hyun-jin Ryu will also remain in Arizona rather than travel with the team while continuing his rehab from shoulder surgery. Ryu will throw a full bullpen session on Wednesday, then is expected to face big league hitters next week.

"As he continues to progress and gets closer to joining us on the active roster, then we'll get him back to Los Angeles. It will make more sense for him to be here," Roberts said. "It's more controlled. I like the constant setting for him here in Arizona."

Howie Kendrick will remain in Arizona through the weekend, and Yasmani Grandal will remain back for a few days, possibly joining the Dodgers on Saturday in Anaheim.

"Yasmani is going to do more today, and I'm still hopeful he'll be ready for opening day," Roberts said. "If he passes tests today he'll play in a minor league game tomorrow."

With Noel, Herrera and Beachy reassigned, there will be 35 active players remaining in big league camp. Opening day 25-man rosters are due at 9 a.m. PT on Sunday morning.