Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Dodgers reliever Brandon League “felt discomfort” in his shoulder when he tried throwing Tuesday and will undergo an MRI exam.
League was shut down about two weeks ago with shoulder pain and was trying to resume a throwing program, but this setback means he’s headed for the disabled list even if the MRI exam reveals nothing major.
League allowed zero home runs in 63 innings last season, posting a 2.57 ERA after struggling in 2013, and with Kenley Jansen also on the disabled list to begin the season the Dodgers’ bullpen will be very short-handed early.
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.
Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.
Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.