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February 28 pregame: Ross Stripling sidelined, will have MRI

Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers

Two fans at Camelback Ranch on Thursday.

White Sox vs. Dodgers, 12:05 p.m.

Chone Figgins, LF
Andre Ethier, CF
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Scott Van Slyke, RF
A.J. Ellis, C
Justin Turner, 3B
Drew Butera, DH
Alex Guerrero, 2B
(Hyun-Jin Ryu, P)

By Jon Weisman

Today’s health-and-well-being blotter from Ken Gurnick at includes updates on Matt Kemp, Zack Greinke, Carl Crawford, Brandon League, Chad Billingsley, Scott Elbert and a new name, Ross Stripling.

Stripling will undergo a contrast MRI on his right elbow, which came up sore nearly a week ago. And as Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. notes, Stripling made the rookie mistake of not telling someone right away, and pitched two innings Wednesday after the soreness materialized.

“We didn’t hear a thing about it. He didn’t tell a trainer, and didn’t tell a coach. It’s one thing we talk about with young guys, it happens every spring,” Mattingly said. “You ask them to let somebody know, but they don’t want to tell anybody because they want to compete.

As for the others, Gurnick said that Greinke might play catch as soon as today, that Kemp had his MRI (that might or might not clear him to begin running) on Thursday but results haven’t been announced and that Crawford is expected to play Saturday.

Gurnick also added via Twitter that League (lat strain) is throwing a simulated inning against Kemp and that Billingsley said he will begin throwing breaking balls on Saturday. In addition, Gurnick reported that Scott Elbert threw off a mound today for the first time since his January appendectomy.

J.P. Hoornstra of the Daily News has more on Billingsley.


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  1. oldbrooklynfan

    The one injury that scares me is the Kemp injury. I won’t feel comfortable until he’s actually running. But the longer it takes the better. There’s no rush with this type of injury. I wish him all the luck in the world.

  2. oldbrooklynfan

    I sure would like to have Billingsley make a strong comeback as soon as possible. The chance of him pitching a minor league game after camp in really intriging.

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