Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Brandon League last pitched March 9 against the San Francisco Giants. The right-hander gave up five runs in a third of an inning.
After the outing he reported soreness in his shoulder and a few days later he received an anti-inflammatory injection in his shoulder and was shut down for a few days.
He resumed his throwing program Thursday, and according to Chad Thornburg of MLB.com, he felt no discomfort:
It went as planned. No setbacks as of yet,” League said. “Just kind of putting my arm through the throwing motion and see if I felt anything. I didn’t feel anything. I felt normal.”
League played catch from 60 feet, making about 40 throws. He said there were no immediate issues and he plans to throw again Friday to see how his shoulder responds.
The 11-year veteran is still supposed to be ready by Opening Day. He also missed three weeks in spring training last season with a strained lat, but was able to be ready in time for the club’s domestic opening day.
After an abominable 2013 season, League was able to bounce back in 2014. In 63 innings pitched he posted a 2.57 ERA.
He is currently in the final year of a three-year, $22.5 million contract that he signed before the 2013 season to be the Dodgers closer. While he is no longer the closer, League can greatly contribute to the Dodgers success this season if he can stay healthy and pitch like he did in 2014.
Dodgers 2015 Spring Training – Brandon League