League to have multiple exams of sore shoulder

League to have multiple exams of sore shoulder

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers reliever Brandon League said he will be examined on Friday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, and he plans to get a second opinion on his right shoulder regardless of the results.

League, who is now expected to open the season on the disabled list, said he plans to fly on Friday with VP of medical services Stan Conte to Las Vegas, site of this week's annual meeting for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. ElAttrache, as well as at least one other doctor, will examine League and provide a diagnosis for the persistent discomfort he has felt for two weeks.

League hasn't pitched since March 9. Two days later, he had an extended bullpen session, after which he felt the discomfort. He had a cortisone injection, has tried two bullpen sessions, but more discomfort led to a contrast MRI on Wednesday.

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. 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.