Dodgers' Joel Peralta relieved to avoid surgery

Dodgers' Joel Peralta relieved to avoid surgery
Relief pitcher Joel Peralta celebrates with catcher Yasmani Grandal after recording his third save of the year in the Dodgers' 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on April 18. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Joel Peralta said he plans to throw off a mound in the coming days, perhaps early next week, when the Dodgers are in Colorado.

The development is a significant relief to the 39-year-old right-hander, who has been on the disabled list for more than a month.


"The doctor, at one point, was talking about surgery," Peralta said Friday.

Peralta said the source of his shoulder problems is a nerve that runs from the neck to triceps on his right arm. The nerve was pinched, and Dr. Robert Watkins Jr. talked to him about treating the problem by removing a disk from his back.

But Peralta's condition gradually improved. About a week ago, he started playing catch.

"That," Peralta said, "was a big relief."

Peralta was acquired in the off-season from the Tampa Bay Rays. He appeared in seven games in April and didn’t allow a single run.