Sidelined League has 'free and easy' catch

Righty dealing with shoulder irritation, set for Sunday 'pen session

Sidelined League has 'free and easy' catch

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers right-handed reliever Brandon League was able to play catch for a second day on Friday, and he is scheduled for a bullpen session on Sunday after missing more than a week with shoulder irritation.

"It felt free and easy," said League, who finished with a couple of relatively firm throws five days after receiving an anti-inflammatory injection similar to the one starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu got on Wednesday.

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

As with Ryu, League did not need an MRI. He has no history of shoulder problems.

League's injury has opened innings for the roughly dozen candidates vying for four open bullpen spots.

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