Dodgers pitcher Brandon League told reporters Saturday that he expects to be placed on the 60-day disabled list to begin the regular season with inflammation in his right shoulder.
The 32-year-old right-hander called the injury “devastating.” The timetable for recovery pushes his probable return to June.
League’s MRI results were examined by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. James Andrews in Las Vegas. He told reporters that surgery was an alternative, but that would have pushed his timetable even later.
League made 63 appearances out of the Dodgers’ bullpen last season and limited opponents to a .683 OPS. He is in the final year of a three-year, $22.5 million contract.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — An MRI on Brandon League revealed right posterior shoulder inflammation, and the Dodgers pitcher could be out for the next 12 weeks.
League visited with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache and another doctor Friday, Mattingly said. He’ll be shut down for three weeks before he’s allowed to begin a throwing program.
Mattingly gave a broad timetable for recovery: “6 to 8, or 8 to 12″ weeks. “It’s an extended period of time,” he said.
League was already expected to begin the season on the 15-day disabled list. A 12-week timetable for recovery could conceivably leave the Dodgers the option of placing him on the 60-day DL. That would open a roster spot for someone — including infielder Hector Olivera, who agreed to terms with the Dodgers on a $62.5 million, 6-year contract earlier this week.
“He got all the way to the mound, the bullpen mound, threw a couple and was feeling the same thing,” Mattingly said of Gaudin. “He’s feeling the same feeling he felt before, tingling in his fingers and things like that — enough to stop it. … He said it felt like you hit your funny bone.”
The injury adds to a growing list of ailments that is depleting the Dodgers’ pitching depth. Veteran Erik Bedard was expected to compete with Gaudin for a spot starter’s job, but he has been sidelined with a left triceps injury. The Dodgers will need a spot starter at least twice in April because left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has inflammation in his left shoulder.