Gaudin nears return from wrist surgery

Dodgers pitcher was shut down in Spring Training

Gaudin nears return from wrist surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin recently underwent carpal tunnel release surgery on his right wrist and could be pitching in a month.

Gaudin, 32, was bidding to make the Dodgers roster out of Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, after missing last year while recovering from neck surgery. But he encountered nerve issues while making a spot start March 21 and was shut down. He has been at the club's Arizona complex the past two months rehabilitating.

At the time, Gaudin downplayed the injury and said he didn't think it was related to last year's rare condition that led to a failed physical with Philadelphia.

After that, he underwent a foraminotomy procedure by back specialist Robert Watkins to relieve pressure on a nerve in his neck that caused a loss of feeling and dexterity in his hand and forearm. He missed the entire season.

In 2013 with the Giants, Gaudin went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA as a swingman who started 12 games.

Gaudin was being considered for the Opening Day roster because of his ability to pitch multiple innings and was mentioned as a possible fill in for Hyun-Jin Ryu.

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