It wasn’t long ago that Los Angeles Dodgers Don Mattingly said he was pleased with his club’s overall health. At the time, Zack Greinke, Joel Peralta and Hyun-Jin Ryu were dealing with ailments, though each was considered minor and all three have since returned to the mound.
While the Dodgers welcomed back the three pitchers to game action, J.P. Howell was limited by groin tightness and Brandon League has been dealing with shoulder soreness and was scratched from a scheduled appearance (Friday). Howell pitched in Saturday’s game and didn’t report any setbacks.
However, the same doesn’t hold true for League, who received an anti-inflammatory injection in his right shoulder and will be shut down, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
Dodgers reliever Brandon League received an anti-inflammatory injection in his tender right shoulder, and he will remain idle for several days before resuming a throwing program.
Initial expectations for League were that he would miss some time, however that didn’t necessarily appear to be the case as he was set to play catch Sunday. League came out of the session still dealing with the discomfort and it’s now led to the injection.
League’s spring got off to a good start as he needed just five pitches to get through a perfect inning, which included a strike out. However, just four days later (March 9), he 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.
Should League miss a considerable amount of time, it would present an opportunity for the likes of Chris Hatcher, Peralta, or Sergio Santos, among others, to get more consideration from manager Don Mattingly for late-inning work come the regular season.
It’s not yet known if League, who turned 32 years old Monday, will be recovered in time for Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on April 6. He’s entering the final year of his three-year, $22.5 million deal.
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