Dodgers designate Brandon League for assignment

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The Brandon League Era is likely over in Los Angeles, as the Dodgers announced this evening that they have designated the veteran reliever for assignment.

League hasn’t pitched in the majors this season due to a right shoulder impingement. The 32-year-old recently posted a 0.84 ERA and 8/2 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings over 10 appearances during a minor league rehab assignment between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Oklahoma City. His 30-day rehab window came to an end this weekend, so the Dodgers were forced to decide whether to add him to the active roster. They ultimately didn’t have room for him in their bullpen.

League is in the final year of his three-year, $22.5 million contract signed under former general manager Ned Colletti. He has posted a 3.55 ERA with 5.8 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 over 149 appearances with the club. Given that he’s still owed roughly half of his $7.5 million salary for this season, he’ll almost certainly pass through waivers unclaimed. He’ll still get his money even if he ends up opting for free agency over an outright assignment to the minors.