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Brandon League expected to miss at least 2 months

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers relief pitcher Brandon League will definitely open the season on the disabled list and will likely be out at least a few months with right posterior shoulder inflammation, the team said on Friday.

League met with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Friday to discuss the results of an MRI of League's right shoulder. It is as of yet unknown just how long League will miss, but it is clear that League won't be pitching anytime soon.

"It's an extended period of time," Mattingly said. "The option everybody likes is rest, then a progression. This route of action is conservative. Rest will be three weeks, at least."

Disabled list stints can be backdated to March 25, so if League were placed on the 60-day disabled list the earliest he could be activated is May 25, which fits with the vague timeline outlined by Mattingly. Putting League on the 60-day disabled list would open up a roster spot to add one of the non-roster pitchers to the opening day roster.

League last pitched in a game on March 9. He is in the final season of a three-year, $22.5 million contract.