League to rest before resuming throwing program

League to rest before resuming throwing program

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- 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.

League, who last pitched on March 9, developed discomfort after a lengthy bullpen session on Wednesday, then he tried three days of rest, but he was unable to play catch on Sunday without further discomfort. League turned 32 on Monday.

Manager Don Mattingly said League did not get an MRI, indicating that doctors believe the discomfort is irritation from overuse and not a structural problem.

"He's still not quite right," Mattingly said. "He'll be down a couple of days and get back to the program. ... We're going to take our time and make sure we don't push him too fast."

League's injury will open up innings for the roughly dozen candidates vying for four open bullpen spots. Mattingly gave favorable comments Monday on a handful of them, specifically non-roster invitees Sergio Santos and David Huff.

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