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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.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for
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