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Dodgers Spring Training 2012: Ivan DeJesus Strains Oblique, MRI Monday

Infielder Ivan De Jesus has an outside shot at making the opening day roster for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, though his chances took a hit on Saturday night. DeJesus left the game against the San Francisco Giants in the middle of his at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning after hurting himself on a swing.

DeJesus suffered a strained left oblique, which will keep him out for a few days. Manager Don Mattingly said the injury didn't seem too bad, though the team will know more after DeJesus has an MRI exam on Monday.

DeJesus was one of the Dodgers' top prospects prior to 2009, when he suffered a broken leg in a B game in spring training at Camelback Ranch which knocked him out for nearly all season. He finally made his major league debut last season, but in each of the past two seasons DeJesus did not get a September callup and has had attitude problems.

Now 25, DeJesus is in a four-man race vying for the final bench spot, along with Jerry Sands, Josh Fields, and Justin Sellers. He will need to get healthy and back on the field to improve his chances.

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