Pitchers Brandon Beachy, Brandon League and Hyun-Jin Ryu are working their way back from injuries right now, and the three converged on the outfield grass at Dodger Stadium on Sunday morning. Here’s a snippet of video shot just after League retreated to the clubhouse:
Beachy, who’s coming back from Tommy John surgery, is at the front of this pack. He’s doing long toss from a crow-hop from left-center to the left-field line.
League, who is recovering from a shoulder ailment, threw from about 80-90 feet at what I would describe as “medium intensity” — hard for a sports writer, soft for a major league pitcher.
Ryu had a more leisurely day throwing up to 90 feet.
None of the three is expected to pitch in a professional game this month.
Update (10:30 a.m.): Ryu said he threw curveballs and changeups from flat ground, but won’t be cleared to throw them off a mound until he makes more progress in his long-toss routine.
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.