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MLB: Dodgers’ Brandon League to miss 2 months with shoulder injury

Photo Credit: Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be without the services of veteran reliever Brandon League for at least the next two months after an MRI this past week revealed significant damage in his right shoulder.

Manager Don Mattingly has stated that the team will first go the route of not allowing League to pitch for the next three weeks, and make a decision from that point on. The hope is to avoid surgery altogether, but it has been discussed by the team. The 32-year-old has had three separate doctor visits to examine his shoulder, and all have suggested that he focus on rest and rehab before considering surgery.

Via Dylan Hernandez of LA Times:

“I feel like crap,” League said. “Worked three months, four months, in the off-season to avoid this stuff. And the fact that you get this news and the fact that I felt the best I’ve felt ever in spring training, it’s kind of devastating. I’m past that point now. I had my time to sulk in the hour flight. Got my goal in mind and I’m pretty good at reaching them.”

Although the Dodgers caught the break of the injury occurring in spring training, it still leaves their bullpen without another proven arm. League is coming off a productive season posting a 2.57 ERA in 63 games pitched last year.

This also leaves the team without another option at closer since Kenley Jansen is still recovering from foot surgery and is expected to return by early May.

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.

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