“I told him I don’t understand that,” Alford said, “how you manage in L.A. and the winters you want to spend in Indiana.”Injury updatesHyun-Jin Ryu (strained right gluteus medius) played catch with Juan Uribe (strained right hamstring) prior to Tuesday’s game. Two days ago, he played catch with head athletic trainer Stan Conte and the pitcher appears to be making progress in his “submaximal throwing program,” as Mattingly called it.“Timetable-wise, I don’t think we have that, but the fact that he’s throwing and feeling good ‑ Stan said the day before the catch was fairly firm,” Mattingly said. “Assuming it’s continuing to progress. Right now, feel pretty good about it.Ryu isn’t able to run yet, Mattingly said. He’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 29.Pitcher Chris Perez will start Thursday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga as he continues his rehab from bone spurs in his right ankle, Mattingly said. He’s expected to make at least two more rehab appearances before returning to the Dodgers.AlsoDodgers right-hander Zack Greinke is still listed as the scheduled starter Thursday despite minor concerns over his right elbow. … Clippers owner Steve Ballmer sat between Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson and Clippers head coach Doc Rivers in the Dodgers’ owners’ box. Fans booed Ballmer and Rivers until Johnson stood and embraced Ballmer with the cameras rolling, and encouraged fans to clap. … Former Dodgers scout Don Welke was named the Padres’ vice president of scouting operations by new general manager A.J. Preller. “His off-season is different from my in-season, and his in-season is different from my off-season,” Alford said.While Alford was starring for the University of Indiana’s basketball team, Mattingly was gaining stardom with the New York Yankees. Alford revered his fellow Hoosier in those days. He still does.When Alford was hired by UCLA in March 2013, Mattingly was among his first phone calls.“Immediately I wanted to reunite and tell him how big a fan I am, and how much I support him,” Alford said.One more difference between the two: Alford doesn’t count a farm as his off-season fortress of solitude. Except for the basketball camp in Franklin that he runs with his father, or possibly the occasional recruiting trip, Alford doesn’t go back to Indiana. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error UCLA men’s basketball coach Steve Alford and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly stack up very similarly on paper. Alford (born 1964 in Franklin, Ind.) is three years younger than Mattingly (born 1961 in Evansville, Ind.). Their home towns are less than 200 miles apart. Now, they coach two of the most high-profile teams in Los Angeles.Among their differences, the most interesting is the accent. Alford’s is almost nonexistent, which is odd considering that Alford left Indiana to play professional basketball in 1987, and Mattingly left to play professional baseball in 1979. Mattingly’s drawl is strong enough to make you forget he ever set foot in the Bronx.They spent a few minutes catching up on the field at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, before Alford threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Their choice of sports doesn’t allow these moments often.