Shoulder issue will likely force League to DL

Shoulder issue will likely force League to DL

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers reliever Brandon League said he will have a contrast MRI on his right shoulder on Wednesday after experiencing renewed discomfort during a bullpen session on Tuesday, so he won't be ready for the start of the season.

League said he wasn't in pain, but said he couldn't get loose and noticed discomfort as soon as he began throwing on Tuesday after feeling "perfect" during a bullpen session on Sunday. That came a week after a cortisone injection.

League has had two bullpen sessions since the injection, but he hasn't pitched in a game since March 9, and he's thrown only 1 1/3 innings this spring. His chances of being ready by Opening Day are just about nil.

"He hasn't pitched in a while, we haven't been able to get on top of this, and it's time to really find out," said manager Don Mattingly. "You guys can do the math."

League's absence can be mitigated by the glut of relievers pitching well in camp after management spent the winter hoarding them.

League hasn't had a shoulder injury since 2007. This one is believed to be the result of overwork during a March 11 bullpen session after a shaky outing March 9, which lasted only one-third of an inning.

The ground-ball specialist turned in an off-the-radar solid season in 2014, with a 2.57 ERA in 63 appearances.

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