The Los Angeles Dodgers and Brandon League were dealt a tough blow this week when it was announced that he would be out at least two months due to a shoulder issue.
League avoided surgery, but will have to rest and slowly work back to getting on a mound. While he was considered a near-lock to make the bullpen, the right-hander will likely go to the 60-day disabled list now and will be out until at least June.
Instead of letting the injury bring him down, League has taken an optimistic approach via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
It was kind of devastating, but I’m past that point,” said League, who was examined by Drs. Neal ElAttrache and James Andrews Friday in Las Vegas, where they were attending an orthopedic surgeons convention. “I had time to sulk on the hour flight. I’ve got goals in mind.”
Fortunately for the Dodgers, the new front office focused on bullpen depth in the offseason and will not be hurt by the League injury for now. His injury will open up a spot for another arm in the bullpen, giving the young players a chance to make the Opening Day roster.
After a disastrous 2013, League regained his confidence and threw well for the Dodgers. He finished with a 2.57 ERA in 63 innings for the NL West champions. He is in the final year of his three-year deal and will have to come back healthy in order to try and prove to teams that he can be an effective reliever.
Dodgers 2015 Spring Training – Brandon League