The Los Angeles Dodgers have had quite the disabled list this season and it’s only the beginning of June.
Gone for the season are Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu, Yasiel Puig just returned from injury and Carl Crawford, Scott Van Slyke, Brandon Beachy, Joel Peralta, Pedro Baez, Paco Rodriguez and Brandon League currently sit on the DL. The Dodgers have managed to remain in first place with a 32-24 record thus far, but it would be difficult to sustain that success without their guys playing.
One of the relievers on the DL could be nearing a return, or at least taking the necessary steps to try and get back in the bullpen. Brandon League has yet to throw in a game this season due to shoulder issues that began in Spring Training. League opted against surgery, deciding to rest his arm and try to return in a couple months. Well, it’s been a couple months and the right-hander is moving along with his rehabilitation.
Manager Don Mattingly announced before Saturday night’s win over the St. Louis Cardinals that League would be throwing in a minor-league rehab game on Sunday with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. League confirmed the news after the game; however, he wasn’t sure of an exact pitch count. The 32-year-old did say he was going to pitch an inning at most, and would likely be starting the game for the Single-A affiliate.
League is in the final year of a three-year deal he signed with the Dodgers after the 2012 season. He has a vesting option for a fourth year, but that’s contingent on games finished so he wouldn’t be in position to reach those incentives. The right-hander struggled in his first season under the deal before tossing a 2.57 ERA in 63 games last season.
The Dodgers could be seeing more of their injured players begin to get healthy in the coming month, strengthening the team for the second half of the season.
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