Brandon League

Playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers comes with high expectations but realistic potential to be part of a successful team. However, pitching for the club has morphed into an entirely different story this spring as injuries to the pitching staff have been a recurring theme.

Chad Gaudin, who was set to start in a Minor League game on Thursday, was scratched due to tingling in his right hand. Gaudin, had an MRI and has been shut down, according to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA:

Gaudin has pitched just six innings for the Dodgers this spring and has a 3.00 ERA. He was removed from his lone start with what was described at the time as a tweak in his biceps and something that wasn’t believed to be serious. The situation has clearly escalated and Gaudin’s long-term health now appears to be in question.

The 31 year old last pitched in the Majors with the San Francisco Giants during the 2013 season. He missed all of last year as he recovered from neck surgery.

As for Brandon League, who is dealing with a right shoulder issue, he’s expected to miss multiple weeks and will then resume throwing:

While it may only be three weeks until League can throw, manager Don Mattingly indicated his return may be months away, via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:

Like Gaudin, League downplayed his injury and at one point managed to successfully get through a bullpen session without issue. However, according to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, surgery may be required:

Last season, League pitched 63 innings and had a ground ball percentage of 67.5 percent in large part due to an effective sinker. The latest injuries have further blown the bullpen competition wide open, particularly for the right-handers who will be needed to replace League and Kenley Jansen.

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  1. Michael N. Norris

    Well this ought to make the anti League fans happy….

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