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The Blake Smith pitching experiment will continue in the Chicago White Sox organization.Smith, 27, was the Dodgers’ second-round draft pick in 2009. He reached Double-A as an outfielder before converting into a relief pitcher in 2013. This year he had a promising 1.62 earned-run average in 16 relief appearances with Double-A Tulsa.Friday, the Dodgers traded Smith to the Chicago White Sox for minor-league lefty Eric Surkamp.Surkamp, 27, has appeared in 42 games (seven starts) in three big league seasons with the Giants (2011, 2013) and White Sox (2014), going 4-3 with a 6.20 ERA.The White Sox designated Surkamp for assignment in April. He was 3-0 with one save and a 2.81 ERA in 11 games (one start) at Triple-A Charlotte this season and will now report to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Surkamp has a 40-19 record with a 3.09 ERA in 116 career games (95 starts) in seven minor league seasons.Injury updatesThere is still no timetable for right fielder Yasiel Puig, left fielder Carl Crawford or pitcher Joel Peralta to return to the Dodgers. All three players remain on the 15-day disabled list.Puig (strained left hamstring) has been swinging a bat, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, but he “is still feeling it trying to run. Still felt tightness while jogging. We still haven’t gotten past that.”Crawford (strained oblique) is continuing his rehab at the Dodgers’ extended spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz. “Carl, the last I’ve seen, is doing more activity but still feeling it at different times doing different exercises, so had to back off of things,” Mattingly said.Peralta (pinched nerve) played catch on flat ground for the first time since he was placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 24.Dodgers pitcher Brandon Beachy, meanwhile, has no timetable to appear in a minor-league rehabilitation game, either. The right-hander threw three innings in a simulated game against Joc Pederson and Kike Hernandez at Dodger Stadium, making approximately 45 pitches.Beachy underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his career in April 2014. Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched with a torn labrum since he signed with the Dodgers in December 2012, he said Friday. His first MRI revealed the injury, but neither Ryu nor the team publicly disclosed the diagnosis until this week.Ryu will not pitch again this season after he had surgery Thursday to repair the tear. The 28-year-old left-hander said he’ll try his best to return as good as before.Maybe the real question is this: Once he’s fully healthy, can Ryu come back better than before?As a rookie in 2013, Ryu went 14-8 with a 3.00 earned-run average in 30 starts. He struck out 154 batters in 192 innings and finished fourth in National League Rookie of the Year balloting. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Last year, Ryu went 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA. His 2.62 FIP and 1.191 WHIP suggest that he pitched even better than the traditional statistics indicate. He also missed time last season with shoulder fatigue twice.In spring training this year, Ryu needed an anti-inflammatory injection in his left shoulder. He was originally thought to be returning sometime in May. But after his last bullpen session May 1, Ryu’s shoulder had not improved enough to allow him to throw off a mound.“I knew that as time was passing by, there wasn’t any better solutions,” than surgery, Ryu said through an interpreter. “The earlier decision was better. It was my choice.”Asked if he had been told that surgery would be needed following his original diagnosis, Ryu said “I can’t recall a doctor told me surgery would be the main thing.”Minor trade