8:16 PM EDT, Mon March 30, 2015

Dodgers' bullpen could lean to the lefties

GLENDALE, Ariz. – There wasn’t much competition to begin with and most of it got ironed out early, but the scramble for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ final few bullpen spots has turned into the Wild West. Veterans J.P. Howell and Joel Peralta are locks, presuming they stay healthy. Chris Hatcher and Juan Nicasio, both out of options, seem likely to make it. With Kenley Jansen and Brandon League out with injuries, that leaves three spots for nine pitchers – three left-handers and six right-handers.

Brandon League will start season on DL

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Brandon League was scheduled to undergo a contrast MRI on his ailing right shoulder Wednesday and will, barring a miracle, begin the season on the disabled list. The Dodgers already are without closer Kenley Jansen until early May after Jansen had foot surgery just before camp opened. League, 32, is coming off a strong season, including a 2.57 ERA in 63 games, and likely would have pitched the eighth inning, at least while Jansen is out.

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