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Brandon League has given up drinking alcohol.

League told the Los Angeles Daily News that he never had a problem with alcohol but "was enjoying myself more than I should've been" and feels much more energized off the booze. He dropped 20 pounds this winter. The right-hander will work as a setup man in 2015.
Mar 2 - 1:51 PM

Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers' Opening Day starter.

"That's our plan," manager Don Mattingly told reporters Monday in spring camp. "We were just waiting for you to ask." Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 239/31 K/BB ratio in 198 1/3 innings last season. It was a no-brainer to give him the nod for the Dodgers' 2015 opener on Monday, April 6 against the Padres.
Mar 2 - 1:07 PM

Joel Peralta (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Monday morning in Dodgers camp.

Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) also threw off a mound. Peralta was slowed last week by soreness in his right shoulder, but he's basically already back on track. The veteran reliever could be in line for some early-season saves while Kenley Jansen recovers from foot surgery, making him worthy of a late-round grab.
Mar 2 - 1:02 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) threw a bullpen session Monday.

Ryu was backed off his spring throwing program for a bit after tweaking a muscle in the middle of his back last week. He should be ready for Cactus League games soon and is not in danger of missing a regular-season start. The 27-year-old left-hander owns a 3.17 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 293/78 K/BB ratio in 344 major league innings.
Mar 2 - 1:00 PM

Alex Guerrero indicated in an interview with Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com that he has no intention of returning the minor leagues.

The 28-year-old stated, "I don't want to go down. I'm not going down. I feel like I can get better here at this level and play every day." Guerrero signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Dodgers before the 2014 season that included a clause that he can't be optioned to the minor leagues without his permission after his first season. That means the Dodgers will be forced to keep him on the roster in a reserve role, trade him elsewhere or release him.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 1 - 5:05 PM

Mike Bolsinger was scratched from throwing live batting practice on Sunday due to some leg tightness.

He should be fine in a day or two. Acquired from the Diamondbacks over the offseason, Bolsinger is a long shot to crack the Dodgers' Opening Day roster.
Mar 1 - 2:18 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Mike Adams to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Adams, 36, had a terrible time staying healthy during his tenure with the Phillies, making just 50 appearances over two seasons. He pitched well when healthy, though, posting a 3.50 ERA with 44 strikeouts across 43 2/3 innings. The veteran reliever should have a good shot to make the Opening Day roster as long as he's healthy.
Mar 1 - 11:20 AM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced Saturday that Clayton Kershaw will make his Cactus League debut on Thursday against the White Sox.

The reigning National League MVP and Cy Young winner is coming off an unbelievable 2014 campaign where he went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 239/31 K/BB ratio over 198 1/3 innings. He should be the first starting pitcher drafted in all fantasy formats, and one of the first names called overall.
Feb 28 - 1:12 PM

Joel Peralta (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday.

Peralta had been shut down for a few days due to soreness in his right shoulder, but resumed his throwing program recently and is expected to be ready in plenty of time for the start of the regular season. He's the leading internal candidate to fulfill the closer's role at the start of the season while Kenley Jansen recovers from his foot surgery.
Feb 28 - 12:59 PM

Erik Bedard will start the Dodgers Cactus League opener against the White Sox on Wednesday.

The veteran left-hander is on the outside looking in for a spot in the Dodgers starting rotation, so he'll attempt to earn his way onto the squad as a long reliever. He registered a troublesome 4.76 ERA and 1.49 WHIP across 75 2/3 frames with the Rays in 2014.
Feb 28 - 12:56 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday.

The 27-year-old southpaw has taken things easy the past couple of days after tweaking a muscle in his back during a fielding drill on Tuesday. He should have no difficulty getting ready in time for the start of the regular season.
Feb 28 - 12:53 PM

Dodgers signed OF Travis Witherspoon to a minor league contract.

The 25-year-old outfielder has all of the tools, but has yet to live up to his potential. He spent the 2014 season in the Mariners organization where he slashed .252/.338/.448 with 15 homers, 44 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 99 games at High-A High Desert.
Feb 27 - 9:00 PM

Kenley Jansen has been fitted with a walking boot on his surgically-repaired left foot.

He'll be able to put some weight on the foot now after walking on crutches the last 10 days. Jansen will wear the walking boot for 3-4 weeks before being allowed to resume activity. He's likely to miss the first month of the season.
Feb 27 - 10:20 AM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that he is not worried about Joel Peralta (shoulder) being ready for the beginning of the regular season.

Peralta was shut down for a couple days last week due to soreness in his right shoulder, but he has since resumed the early stages of his spring throwing program. The 38-year-old could be in line for some April saves while Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen recovers from foot surgery.
Feb 26 - 11:48 AM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) will have another light day Thursday in Dodgers camp.

Ryu tweaked a muscle in the middle of his back Tuesday during a fielding drill, but it's not believed to be a serious issue. An MRI taken Thursday showed no structural damage. The 27-year-old left-hander owns a terrific 3.17 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 293/78 K/BB ratio in 344 innings since joining the Dodgers from Korea.
Feb 26 - 9:36 AM

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