PHOENIX — Dodgers relief pitcher Josh Ravin is likely to miss at least a few weeks with a right groin strain, meaning he won’t be ready for the start of the regular season.
Ravin cut short a live batting practice session on Friday after feeling something in his groin.
“We don’t know the severity of his groin injury,” manager Dave Roberts said. “I think certainly it’s a few weeks where we have to take a step back and get him right.”
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com was the first to report the Ravin injury.
Ravin last pitched in a game on March 13.
In five Cactus League games this spring, Ravin allowed eight runs on 10 hits, including two home runs, in 51⁄3 innings, with seven strikeouts and four walks.
Pedro Baez also threw live batting practice on Friday, and came out of his session healthy, his third time off a mound this week after missing three weeks with a hand contusion.
Baez will next throw off a mound on Sunday, though it is unknown whether that will be another bullpen session or if he will face hitters. With just over a week before opening day, time is running out on preparing for the regular season, at least the first week or so, though Roberts hasn’t ruled out Baez making the opening day roster.
“The number one thing is he did come out of it fine,” Roberts said.
While the Dodgers were busy beating the Diamondbacks 13-6, the back fields at Camelback Ranch saw both Kenta Maeda and Luis Avilan get some work in on the minor league side. Maeda pitched six scoreless innings against Rangers Class-A players, striking out 10. Avilan pitched two innings on the minor league side and struck out five, while allowing one hit.
In the major league game, Rob Segedin played the final four innings at second base, his first time at the position this spring (remember, Roberts said Segedin took some grounders there this spring). Segedin has played one career game at second base as a professional, last May 22 for Triple-A Oklahoma City against Salt Lake.
Corey Seager will play seven innings at shortstop in a minor league game on Saturday, his third minor league game this week, coming back from a sore oblique. “Then there will be some real discussions about getting him into a game with us,” Roberts said.
Scott Kazmir will start on Sunday for the Dodgers in Surprise against the Rangers, his first start in a major league game since March 6. Kazmir has been battling hip issues this spring, which has affected his delivery.
The Dodgers are back home on Saturday, hosting the A’s in a 1:05 p.m. game televised by SportsNet LA. The game will also be broadcast in Spanish on KTNQ 1020 AM. Rich Hill faces one of his former teams, with Jesse Hahn starting on the mound for Oakland.