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.
Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin, third from left, speaks with head athletic trainer Stan Conte about a “tweak” sensation in his right biceps area Saturday. (Associated Press photo)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin will undergo an MRI exam after feeling a tingling sensation in his right hand Thursday, manager Don Mattingly said.
Gaudin reported feeling a “tweak” sensation in his right biceps in his last Cactus League start Saturday. But he recovered in the meantime and was scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game Thursday at Camelback Ranch.
“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.”
WATCH: Don Mattingly discusses Chad Gaudin’s recurrence of injury symptoms.
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.
Reliever Brandon League had an MRI on his right shoulder and is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.
A couple pregame notes from Camelback Ranch:
1. Two days after throwing his last bullpen session, Brandon League told reporters that he’ll undergo an MRI on his right shoulder. In all likelihood he will begin the season on the disabled list. That brings the unofficial tally of disabled Dodgers to four: League (15-day DL), Hyun-Jin Ryu (15); pitchers Brandon Beachy and Chris Withrow are both on the 60-day DL.
2. Matt Kemp is not in the Padres’ lineup today.
3. The Dodgers were one of five teams (along with the Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Tigers and Phillies) that lost money last year, according to Forbes.
4. Juan Nicasio is starting this “bullpen game,” but the Dodgers still see him as a reliever. This is not, by all accounts, an attempt to stretch him out as a starter.
Here are both lineups for the 1 p.m. game at Camelback Ranch: