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Brandon League out with shoulder soreness

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitcher Brandon League was held out of throwing on Saturday as a precaution, one day after getting scratched from game action with right shoulder soreness.

League last pitched on Monday in Scottsdale, allowing five runs to the Giants. He faced just six batters, and five reached base, three with hits plus a walk and a hit by pitch. He was scheduled to pitch again Friday night against the Reds but was scratched after complaining of shoulder soreness.

The right-hander said he felt better on Saturday and is expected to resume throwing on Sunday.

"He's going to be down today. He had a little soreness in his shoulder a few days ago," manager Don Mattingly said on Saturday morning. "It ends up really good, kind of like J.P. we think."

That would be J.P. Howell to whom Mattingly referred, who missed a few workouts with groin tightness this week. Howell is scheduled to pitch in relief on Saturday against the Indians, eight days after his last game action. Should League be able to throw on Sunday without any problems, a similar timetable to Howell would have League pitching in a game on Tuesday.

In addition to Howell's return to the mound, relief pitcher Mike Adams will make his Dodgers debut on Saturday as well. Adams, signed to a minor league contract on March 1, missed the better part of the years 1½ years after surgery to repair two labrum tears and a rotator cuff tear in his right shoulder.

Other Dodgers scheduled to pitch on Saturday include Paco Rodriguez, Dustin McGowan, Pedro Baez and David Aardsma.