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Dodgers agree to minor league deal with Freddy Garcia

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The Dodgers have agreed to a minor league deal with veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

We haven’t heard much from “Sweaty Freddy” recently. The 38-year-old pitched in Taiwan with the EDA Rhinos last season after he failed to make the Braves out of spring training. He had a 4.37 ERA and 46/17 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings between the Orioles and Braves in 2013 and also spent some time in Triple-A.

Joe Wieland is expected to begin the season in the Dodgers’ rotation while Hyun-Jin Ryu rests a shoulder injury, so Garcia figures to serve as veteran depth in Triple-A.

Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will begin the season on the disabled list

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Last week Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu left camp and went back to Los Angeles to have his sore shoulder examined and the news is relatively good. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that no structural damage was found.

However, he’ll be shut down for at least 2-3 weeks and will begin the season on the disabled list. Joe Wieland seems like the best bet to take his place in the rotation early on.

Ryu has been very good since signing with the Dodgers in 2013, throwing 344 innings with a 3.17 ERA and 293/78 K/BB ratio.

Hyun-Jin Ryu sent back to Los Angeles for a medical examination

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Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu has been sent back to Los Angeles to undergo a medical evaluation, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Also per Shaikin, manager Don Mattingly said that Ryu felt soreness in his left shoulder after playing catch on Sunday, and the lefty isn’t expected to be ready on Opening Day.

Ryu had a late start to the spring due to a minor back issue, so he has made only two starts thus far. He held the Padres scoreless over two innings on March 12, then allowed three runs (two earned) in three innings against the Rangers last Tuesday.

It’s unclear whether the Dodgers will put Ryu on the 15-day disabled list, though his medical evaluation should give them a better idea of what to do. The Dodgers could simply push his first scheduled start back, as the club has three off days in the first three weeks of the season. If Ryu needs a stint on the DL, Joe Wieland is currently the favorite to take his place, though Juan Nicasio and Erik Bedard are also contenders.