Peralta has slow start to rehab
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers reliever Joel Peralta began his Minor League rehab assignment with a rough outing Thursday night.
Pitching for Class A Rancho Cucamonga against Stockton, Peralta allowed a triple, a single and a walk to the first three batters before retiring the next three batters on fly balls and was charged with two runs in one inning.
The 39-year-old Peralta has been on the disabled list since April 26 with a pinched nerve in his neck. He reported to Spring Training with what was described as right shoulder discomfort.
Peralta was acquired over the winter to help provide a late-inning bridge to closer Kenley Jansen, a problem that has plagued the Dodgers this year.