Ravin headed to DL with strained groin

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It’s the latest setback for Ravin, who came into camp with a solid shot at making the bullpen after a nightmarish 2016 that included strep throat and a broken non-throwing arm in a spring auto accident — requiring surgery with a 10-inch plate, 11 screws and two pins inserted into his arm — followed by a 50-game suspension for violating the MLB drug policy and a disabled list stint for right triceps inflammation.

Finally on track late in the season, Ravin allowed only one run, good for a 0.93 ERA, on two hits in 9 2/3 innings for the Dodgers with 13 strikeouts, but he was ineligible for the postseason because of the suspension.

Baez exits live BP healthy

Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez came out of the same workout as Ravin in good shape. Although time is running out in spring, Baez still could be ready by Opening Day. He said there is lingering discomfort in his right thumb, which sustained a deep bruise when struck by a comebacker during live batting practice Feb. 22.

Friday was the first time Baez has faced hitters since then, and he was able to use all of his pitches while pitching at a faster pace than his norm.

Dodgers optimistic Romo will be ready

Although Sergio Romo still hasn’t thrown off a mound since returning from the World Baseball Classic with a sore back, the club has indicated he will be ready for Opening Day and his slow return to the mound is precautionary.

The 34-year-old Romo signed as a free agent to replace setup man Joe Blanton, and he has pitched in only two early Cactus League games for the Dodgers. He pitched in two games for Team Mexico in the Classic (1 1/3 innings, three runs), after playing in the Mexican Winter League (nine games, 9 2/3 innings, one run).

Romo was the Giants’ primary closer in 2013-14, when he recorded a combined 61 saves. He pitched well in a setup role in 2015-16, compiling a 2.64 ERA last year when limited to 40 appearances because of a right forearm flexor strain.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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