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Dodgers' Brandon League dealing with shoulder soreness

3/16/2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Reliever Brandon League won’t throw for at least a few days after receiving an anti-inflammatory injection in his right shoulder Monday. League felt discomfort when he tried to play catch Sunday.

“It really was getting better, then he went out to throw yesterday and it’s still not quite right,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ll give him some more time.”

League met with team doctor Neal ElAttrache Sunday, but Mattingly said he did not undergo an MRI or further diagnostic tests.

League, 32, is in the mix to be the Dodgers' closer while Kenley Jansen is recovering from a foot injury. League, a groundball specialist, had a 2.57 ERA last year. He struggled early in 2013 and Jansen replaced him as the closer. If League opens the season on the disabled list, Chris Hatcher, who has pitched only 81 major league games and never recorded a save, might be the likely pick to close to start the season. Jansen is expected to be out until at least early May.