Dodgers' bullpen roles not likely to be decided soon

Dodgers' bullpen roles not likely to be decided soon

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With closer Kenley Jansen's injury and the setup-man issues from last season, every scoreless inning by the Dodgers' bullpen this spring will provide true relief.

So manager Don Mattingly praised just about everybody who came out of the bullpen after Clayton Kershaw to face the White Sox on Thursday. Scoreless innings were turned in by Brandon League, Chris Hatcher, Dan Coulombe and Ryan Buchter, and two scoreless from Joe Wieland.

League and Hatcher figure to play key roles as the Dodgers wait for Jansen, who won't be back until at least May. Hatcher was acquired from the Marlins in the Dee Gordon trade this past offseason, while League has ridden the roller coaster since coming to the Dodgers. He is coming off an underappreciated 2014 season, when he had a 2.57 ERA in 63 appearances, but a 1.46 WHIP.

"We've been working on him getting the ball to the other side of the plate," Mattingly said of League, who has relied on his sinker. "Going in on lefties and away from righties, using his slider. He's been working really hard."

Mattingly said he might take the duration of Spring Training before deciding how he will set up his bullpen and who will be the closer.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.