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Scott Van Slyke and other injured Dodgers on the mend

Scott Van Slyke and other injured Dodgers on the mend
Scott Van Slyke has been diagnosed with mid-back inflammation andcould start a minor-league rehabilitation assignment as early as Saturday, Manager Don Mattingly said. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Sidelined outfielder Scott Van Slyke could start a rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues as early as Saturday, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said.

Van Slyke is expected to play in at least two minor league games. He was scheduled to take batting practice Friday before the Dodgers’ series opener against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Several other Dodgers are also on the mend.

Left-hander Paco Rodriguez threw a bullpen session.

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Right-hander Brandon Beachy pitched two innings at the Dodgers’ spring-training facility in Arizona and could start a rehabilitation assignment in the minors next week, perhaps on Tuesday. Beachy is recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery.

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Outfielder Carl Crawford, who is also at the team's spring-training complex, has started to swing a bat.

Right-hander Pedro Baez threw off a mound.

Brandon League was scheduled to pitch Friday night for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Joel Peralta reported feeling fine after pitching for Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday.

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