GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers reliever Matt Guerrier took another step toward returning to action from a lower back injury, doing "dry work" (no throws) on a mound for the first time.
Guerrier is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, face hitters on Friday and return to exhibition action next Monday in a tight schedule to have him ready to make the Opening Day roster instead of start the season on the disabled list.
The 33-year-old injured his back doing leg exercises and hasn't pitched in a game since March 11.
Infielder Ivan De Jesus was scheduled for an MRI on his strained left oblique Monday afternoon. In the morning, he said the injury was responding to treatment and much improved.
Camp's bubble players having ups and downs
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- There are a lot of moving parts to consider for the Dodgers' final bench spot, and a few came into play during Monday's 4-3 loss to the Indians in which Jerry Hairston, for the second time in a week, committed two throwing errors in one game at shortstop.Hairston was signed for his versatility, a rare veteran with a professional bat and a glove that can handle second base, shortstop, third base and the outfield. With inexperienced Dee Gordon being handed the starting shortstop job, the Dodgers signed Hairston believing he could be insurance at third base if Juan Uribe struggles again, while also backing up at short. Hairston has committed only 12 errors in more than 1,000 Major League innings at shortstop, so the four errors he's logged so far have manager Don Mattingly puzzled and hoping it's an aberration.
"I feel that way," said Mattingly. "But four errors in two games is something you pay attention to. You don't sit there and bypass it. I caught a bunch of balls from him in drills today, and his throws were true. One of those [errors] today [a chopper over the mound], maybe he should eat the ball. One of those throws last week, [Russell] Mitchell came off the bag too early and it shouldn't have been an error on Jerry. So, two are not him."If the Dodgers aren't comfortable with Hairston at short, that would improve Justin Sellers' chances of making the team because the Dodgers like his defense. Sellers added three hits Monday, including an double and RBI, raising his average to .385. Mattingly, however, also is impressed with the play of non-roster corner infielder Josh Fields, a right-handed hitter with power who is having the kind of spring Jerry Sands isn't. Fields split last year between Triple-A and Japan while rebounding from hip surgery. He lined out in the ninth inning Monday with a chance to tie the game, but he delivered another professional at-bat while his average slipped to .417. Sands had an RBI single in two at-bats Monday, but otherwise this spring has not duplicated his eye-opening September and is batting .174. "[Fields has] been pretty good, and we've been trying different things -- first, third [left field on Monday] -- and you can't complain about any of his at-bats," Mattingly said. "He's really solid."
Jansen's rebound a rare reprieve for LA 'pen
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- About that deep bullpen the Dodgers are counting on ...Kenley Jansen, who allowed two homers in one inning of his last outing, rebounded Monday with two strikeouts in a scoreless inning against the Indians. But closer Javy Guerra and left-handed setup man Scott Elbert wobbled as manager Don Mattingly got another look at the back of his bullpen. "Yeah, it got hit the other day, too," said Mattingly. "You don't get the ball where you want it, even in Spring Training, it's going to get hit. I look at the results a little if a guy is really getting knocked around. Mostly, I look if the ball is coming out, that's what I'm looking at. If they're all over the place, you've got a problem. Otherwise, it's OK." Guerra was taken way deep by former Minor League teammate Carlos Santana, and he allowed an infield hit and a walk before closing out an error-extended two-thirds of an inning. Elbert was roughed up for two runs on two hits and a walk in his inning of work. Mattingly said it's possible that Guerra and Elbert will pitch in a simulated game Tuesday because the club wants them to go on back-to-back days before breaking camp.
Jorge Jarrin follows father's Dodger footsteps
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Dodgers' Spanish-language broadcast team, anchored for 54 years by Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrin, is adding another Jarrin.Son Jorge, or "Captain Jorge" as he was known for 26 years as KABC TalkRadio's traffic reporter, will join former Dodgers coach Manny Mota for all games televised in Spanish. There will be 50 games in Spanish to all Los Angeles market video providers through PRIME TICKET. The first one will be Wednesday, April 11, when the Dodgers host the Pirates. On the radio, Jaime Jarrin, Pepe Yniquez and Fernando Valenzuela return intact on Univision Radio's KTNQ 1020. Jarrin holds the second-longest tenure in MLB broadcasting history behind his colleague and fellow Hall of Famer Vin Scully. Yniquez will begin his 14th season and Valenzuela, the former Cy Young winner, enters his 10th season as the color commentator. According to the club, more than 40 percent of Dodgers fans are Latino and each season the Dodgers host more than one million fans of Latin descent. The Dodgers were the first MLB club to implement a Spanish-language radio broadcast in 1958, which is now the longest running in all of baseball. Games will be available on Time Warner, Bright House and Cox, while discussions with other providers are ongoing.
Coffey not injured, won't pitch until Wednesday
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers reliever Todd Coffey, who last appeared in an exhibition game on Thursday, won't appear in another until Wednesday, but he said he's not hurt.
Coffey, whose sprint from the bullpen to the mound already has become one of the more entertaining aspects of camp, said he threw two innings of a simulated game to hitters on a back field on Sunday and said it had nothing to do with any physical limitation.
"I'm fine. I just wanted to be able to control the pitch selection and sequence, and that's hard to do in a game," he said. "I do this every year. I like to go beyond my usual one inning, too, to stretch it out."
Coffey said his next game appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.