The Los Angeles Dodgers received mixed news Sunday with respect to the health of their pitching staff. Hyun-Jin Ryu’s shoulder inflammation was a roller coaster in it of itself as it was first reported he would resume throwing and was feeling healthy, only for it to later be announced he would fly to Los Angeles for further evaluation.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly also said Erik Bedard was scheduled undergo an MRI. However, Clayton Kershaw resumed his normal workout routine and Chad Gaudin felt fine one day after being removed from his start due to feeling a tweak in his biceps.
Moreover, Brandon League threw a bullpen session without issue, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
Brandon League said his shoulder felt fine during his bullpen session, plans another Tuesday and could pitch in a game as early as Thursday.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 22, 2015
In similar fashion to Ryu, League received an injection in his throwing shoulder that sidelined him for a few days. He resumed throwing by playing catch Thursday and unlike Ryu, has cleared two hurdles during his recovery.
There was some concern League would begin the regular season on the disabled list, which would be another significant loss for a bullpen that’s already set to be without Kenley Jansen likely until the end of April.
League’s only appeared in two games this spring, with his most recent outing (March 9) not nearly as clean as his first. The right-hander got into a jam against the San Francisco Giants and was charged for five runs on three hits in just 0.1 of an inning.
Assuming he’s healthy, the 32 year old figures to be utilized in ninth innings until Jansen returns. League is entering the final year of a three-year, $22.5 million contract.
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