Brandon League has continued to feel discomfort in his right shoulder. As a result, the Dodgers will shut him down from throwing for the next several days, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. League threw a bullpen on Wednesday after which he complained of discomfort in his shoulder. He played catch early on Sunday and still felt it.
League, who turns 32 years old on Monday, bounced back from a tough 2013 campaign with a solid 2014 for the Dodgers. He finished with a 2.57 ERA and a 38/27 K/BB ratio in 63 innings.
The Dodgers attempted to trade League over the winter, but nothing ever materialized. The right-hander is owed $7.5 million for the 2015 season and could potentially vest a player option for ’16 depending on how many games he finishes this season.
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.