Mattingly confident in Peralta's availability for opener

Dodgers veteran reliever dealing with right shoulder stiffness

Mattingly confident in Peralta's availability for opener

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the club is confident reliever Joel Peralta will be ready for Opening Day.

"We all expect him to be ready for the season," Mattingly said.

Peralta is behind schedule because of right shoulder stiffness. He said he expects to throw his first bullpen session of the spring next week.

But Mattingly said the pace of Peralta's throwing program is designed to take advantage of the five remaining weeks of camp. The manager said that because Peralta is primarily a one-inning reliever, he doesn't need as many exhibition appearances to be game-ready.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.