SAN DIEGO — Brandon League has the weekend off from his minor league rehab assignment. He’s spending it with the Dodgers at Petco Park, which is convenient since he lives in San Diego in the off-season.
League will return to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Monday and Tuesday to pitch back-to-back days , something he hasn’t done since his rehab stint began June 7. From there, League said he will pitch in “one or two more (games) after that, I think in Oklahoma.”
SAN DIEGO — Brandon Beachy threw two innings Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, and could begin a minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly filled in these and a few more details Friday at Petco Park:
Beachy has been on the 60-day disabled list since the season began as he recovers from his second Tommy John surgery, which was performed in April of last year. Once his rehab assignment begins, Beachy has 30 days before he can be added to the Dodgers’ roster.
There’s a work-around to that rule. If a player reports a setback (or is reported by his club to have a setback), he can close the first 30-day window and open another at a later date. Beachy is mindful of that window and has been cautious in scheduling any minor-league rehab games until he felt like a return to the majors was 30 days away. He’s expected to need the full 30 days.
Brandon League grew up in the Sacramento area, so maybe a road trip to the Central Valley suburb of Modesto wasn’t as insufferable for him as most visitors to the drought-stricken community.
If anything, League should be ecstatic after throwing a scoreless inning for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in Modesto on Wednesday. League struck out two batters and induced a groundout in the inning.
Wednesday marked his second rehab appearance since suffering a shoulder injury in spring training; he allowed one hit and one unearned run in his debut Sunday. League is expected to need at least one more rehab game before returning to the Dodgers and there is no firm timetable for his return.
Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke is on the disabled list but already getting his pregame reps in at … shortstop and third base. Van Slyke, who is suffering from “mid-back tightness,” said that bending over to field a ground ball is easier then turning and running to catch a fly ball.
More significantly, the outfielder said he is close to playing some rehab games. Don Mattingly said earlier this week that Van Slyke would not need any rehab games before returning to the major-league roster, but the manager said Tuesday “it sounds like (Van Slyke) is definitely going to play in a rehab game or two.”
Van Slyke is still expected to miss the minimum 15 days, or close to it. He is eligible to return Monday, when the Dodgers are playing on the road against the Texas Rangers.
In the meantime Van Slyke might either join the Dodgers this weekend in San Diego, where they play Friday, Saturday and Sunday, or head out on a minor-league rehab assignment during that time. His most likely destination: Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, which is playing at home this weekend and facilitating rehab assignments for pitchers Brandon League and Joel Peralta.
When Van Slyke begins his assignment will depend on his progress in the coming days.
Dodgers pitcher Joel Peralta (neck) said Sunday that he could begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga “Wednesday or Thursday, something like that I believe.” The 39-year-old right-hander threw off a mound Saturday and is expected to do so again Monday.
Rancho Cucamonga returns home from a road trip to Modesto on Thursday to begin a seven-game homestand. That might make Thursday the more likely target date.
Peralta was placed on the disabled list April 26, when he sustained a pinched nerve in his neck that in turn affected his right triceps muscle. Tonight’s game will be the 40th he has missed with the injury.