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Brandon League out with shoulder inflammation, to receive injection

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers relief pitcher Brandon League suffered a setback, still dealing with shoulder inflammation, and will be shut down for several days, manager Don Mattingly said on Monday morning.

"We felt like he overworked after the San Francisco game. He struggled a little bit, then overdid it in the pen," Mattingly said. "It was getting better, but he went out to throw yesterday and is still not quite right."

League allowed five runs in his outing on March 9 against the Giants, an appearance that say him retire only one of his six batters faced. After first reporting the shoulder discomfort and getting briefly shut down over the weekend, he was scheduled to play catch again on Sunday.

The soreness remained, so League met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Sunday, though no MRI was performed. League will receive an anti-inflammatory injection in his shoulder on Monday, which will shut him down from any activity for a few days.

"Talking with Stan [Conte team trainer], it was characterized as there's still a little more inflammation in there, we have to get rid of that last bit," Mattingly explained. "For us at this point there is no reason to push him through something when he's still got time. He's thrown enough, he's got arm strength. We're better off taking a couple of days here."

It is uncertain whether this will affect League's availability for the opening day roster, but whenever he is healthy it is quite likely his roster spot is secure. League will make $7.5 million in the final year of a three-year, $22.5 million contract in 2015. After a disastrous 2013, he rebounded to post a 2.57 ERA and 3.40 FIP in 63 games for the Dodgers last year.

"He was a valuable guy for us last year. He was able to go multiple innings, he keeps the ball in the ballpark. There are a lot of things he does well," Mattingly said. "Just like J.P. [Howell] or Joel Peralta, those guys we're going to make sure we won't push too fast."