Mild lat strains seem to be a slight theme of the Los Angeles Dodgers spring training thus far. Joining top pitching prospect Zach Lee, reliever Brandon League has also suffered a mild lat strain. League hopes to be back to speed by Wednesday in order to keep preparing for opening day in Australia.
According to Tyler Emerick and Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, manager Don Mattingly commented on the Dodgers plan of action regarding the 30-year-olds recent injury:
Manager Don Mattingly said the conservative throwing program for League is similar to the one prospect Zach Lee has been on since Spring Training opened.
League stated that he threw eight extra bullpen sessions before arriving in Arizona in an attempt to be in optimal shape going into the Opening Series in Australia. Although he’s clearly put in the extra work this offseason, these additional sessions may possibly be the source of his lat strain. 2013 was tough for the former closer as he lost his job in May and hopes to turn things around after he was only trusted in mop up situations at the end of the season.
A team never wants to deal with injuries going into Opening Day, but Mattingly doesn’t seem too concerned:
We don’t think it’s anything serious, Mattingly said. But we want to be extra cautious, especially with the schedule we’ve got, we don’t want anybody pushing it and winding up with something worse. Just like Zach, Brandon is feeling better and he’s moving closer to getting back on the mound.
League is just one piece of the Dodgers bullpen heading into the 2014 season alongside Brian Wilson, Chris Perez, J.P. Howell, Jamey Wright, Paco Rodriguez and possibly Chris Withrow. While he’s dealing with the lat injury, League also underwent off-season eye surgery in hopes of improving his vision for the 2014 season.
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