Tag:Vincente Padilla
Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:21 pm

Padilla could stay closer after Broxton return

By Evan Brunell

PadillaJonathan Broxton may come back to a new job.

The closer hit the disabled list with arm problems after kicking the season off with a lousy start and may find himself supplanted by Vincente Padilla (pictured) in the interim.

Padilla notched his second save of the season on Sunday and could run away with the job if he keeps on racking up the saves.

"We'll see how it goes," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times. "Obviously, if Vicente comes in and is pitching well out of there, it's hard to just hand something over to somebody else. We'll cross that bridge when we get there."

Padilla had his own disabled-list stint earlier this year but has been solid in the early going as he has six strikeouts and three walks in seven innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs. Padilla is making the conversion from starting as he started 237 of 238 games from 2002-10. His first two years in the majors, however, were out of the bullpen and performed well in that role so once he gets into the groove of relieving, could deliver as closer.

Meanwhile, deposed closer Broxton could be out as long as six weeks as the Dodgers will be careful with his rehab. Broxton was one of the game's best closers before devolving into a liability in the second half last season, a trend that has continued so far. Even if Broxton ends up reclaiming his job, it will come by proving himself.

"Like everybody else, we try to get guys back in the mix [in nonpressure situations] before we start throwing them in tight situations," Mattingly said.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 4:13 pm

Struggling Broxton admits elbow hurting


By Evan Brunell

Jonathan Broxton's struggles finally have an answer.

Broxton reported that his right elbow has been hurting for some time, which means the Dodgers now know why Broxton was throwing 90 mph instead of his usual 96 Tuesday night when he offered back-to-back four-pitch walks while registering just one out. Blake Hawksworth would come on to cough up the two inherited runs plus one of his own in the top ninth as the Cubs walked away with a 4-1 victory. Now, Broxton has been shut down pending the outcome of a MRI.

"Brox came in to complain about stuff, finally," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said to MLB.com. It's honorable he's willing to pitch like this, but in the end, it doesn't do him any good and it's not fair to him and really everybody else, either. If you can't pitch the way you're capable of, it's too tough to pitch like that here."

Here's where things start to break down. Broxton had an unsightly 7.58 ERA from June 28 through the rest of 2010, but the Dodgers don't seem to have bothered to investigate why Broxton stunk up the joint so much, nor did they pursue the issue in the offseason. Instead, Broxton was left to his own devices to pitch through what he earlier termed normal discomfort felt over the course of a season. In L.A.'s defense, it can't be responsible for tracking every possible injury with each player. But this was consistent failure spanning two seasons for someone in which the Dodgers have a great deal of money invested to perform a high-leverage role. The Dodgers simply have to do a better job investigating issues where there's constant red flags -- and need to do a better job communicating to players to speak up if something hurts.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers will now go to a closer-by-committee, but there's no clear leader there. Hong-Chih Kuo was rushed back from injury in an attempt to fix the bullpen and is still getting his sea legs under him while Vincente Padilla cannot be used on back-to-back days as he recovers from arm surgery. (In games where Padilla has at least one day of rest, bet on him getting the save call.) The team can't turn to Kenley Jansen either, as he was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Kuo. Jansen could fill the closer's role well as he's punched out 22 batters in 13 1/3 innings that don't include his two worst outings of the season when he gave up nine of 11 overall runs on the season to hand him a 7.43 ERA. Jansen will likely get the call if and when Broxton is placed on the DL.

"I'm going to deal with what we have," Mattingly added. "We have [Matt] Guerrier, [Blake] Hawksworth, [Mike] MacDougal."

But first, Mattingly had more pressing matters to attend to: finding a MRI tube large enough to fit the 300-pound Broxton.

"I'm serious," Mattingly said.

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Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:29 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:48 am

Pepper: Alligator fighting, Lasorda swearing


MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO 'ROUND: White Sox GM Kenny Williams is defending his comments that a $30-million man would be bad for the game.

"All I'm interested in is the game," Williams told MLB.com. "We're just caretakers of this game, all of us: you guys, me, the players. We're caretakers of this game to the next generation. And then the next generation after that."

With Albert Pujols poised to enter free agency after the season, possibly commanding up to $30 million annually, Williams had ruled out the possibility of the White Sox going after the star, noting that he felt it was more appropriate to spread out dollars than to tie it up in one person. There's some sentiment for that given tying up massive dollars in one person is risky. All it takes is one injury to derail the season. Take the news that Adam Wainwright may need Tommy John surgery, for example. That's a massive blow to the Cardinals, who essentially rely on Chris Carpenter, Wainwright, Pujols and Matt Holliday to drive the team.

However, the flip side is the value Pujols gives in that one spot, freeing up chances to get league-average or better players at other spots. These type of players are far easier to get than the superstar. There's no right answer here, but it's obvious which side of the fence Williams falls on.

Williams used the opportunity to speak about parity in the game and how high-salaried superstars are essentially limited to a small pool of teams, which he is not a fan of.

"It's important that the people and the [small-market] cities ... and many more have just as much chance to hope and dream about their team winning a World Series as anybody else," Williams added. "Right now, that's not happening." (MLB.com)

I'M A CREEP, I'M A WEIRDO: Carl Crawford was "creeped out" when he found out that as part of due diligence, the Red Sox had a scout following him off the field. Obviously, it didn't stop Crawford from signing with Boston once GM Theo Epstein told him, but he admitted he was not comfortable with the idea of someone following him, although it's standard practice for Boston to monitor every major free-agent's off-the-field activities. Hey, can't blame Crawford. To learn someone's been tracking your movements over the last few months away from the ballpark is creepy. (ESPN Boston)

I'M TIRED AND I'M HUNGRY AND MY TAIL'S FROZE: Mike Stanton can sure pack away the food as roommate Gaby Sanchez says. The two, who are rooming together in spring training, recently went grocery shopping and Sanchez experienced sticker shock at the total price: over $300. "When we finished, I said, 'You got to be kidding me that we spent that much money," Sanchez said. "[The shopping cart] was completely full. We had to take three trips to get [the groceries] from the car into the house, and it was me and him carrying stuff too." Sanchez also adds he is likely to be the chef, but is willing to let Stanton take a crack at cooking. But Stanton only gets "one chance" to make good food. (Miami Herald)

THE NEXT STEVE IRWIN?: J.D. Drew isn't exactly the type of guy to make one say "That dude would totally wrestle an alligator bare-handed." Except that wouldn't be too far off the mark. Drew recounted a story Tuesday night in which he was fishing with his son and hooked a gator with a fishing lure. Drew was readying to jump on the alligator and take care of business (with a knife in tow), but the lure snapped just in the nick of time for the alligator. So next time you call J.D. Drew "Nancy Drew," you may want to rethink that. (Boston Globe)

I SPY TOMMY LASORDA SWEARING: When Google Books indexed Spy Magazine, it opened up a treasure trove of baseball facts. Such as an expletive-filled rant Tommy Lasorda had with Doug Rau, the starting pitcher in Game 4 of the 1977 World Series. You'll have to head on over to read the conversation, but it's fascinating -- but not for those who don't like strong language. Also in the article is far too much information one could ever want to know about George Brett's hemorrhoids and sex life. (Spy Magazine, Google Books)

WAINO'S NOT THE ONLY ONE: Vincente Padilla's no Adam Wainwright, but the Dodgers are hurting with the news Padilla needs surgery to release a nerve that is trapped by a muscle in his forearm. Sounds painful. There's no timetable for the No. 6 starter/reliever's return. (Los Angeles Times)

GRIFFEY, JR. ATTEMPTED SUICIDE: OK, this article is from 1992 so it's not exactly timely, but I've never heard of this before. Apparently, at age 17, Ken Griffey, Jr. attempted suicide by taking approximately 277 aspirin. "It seemed like everyone was yelling at me in baseball, then I came home and everyone was yelling at me there," Griffey said way back when. "I got depressed. I got angry. I didn't want to live." Obviously, the attempt did not work and baseball is far better off for it. (New York Times)

GUILLEN READYING FOR RETIREMENT: If Jose Guillen doesn't get a contract offer within the next week, he will retire. Hard to imagine there's much demand for a first-baseman/outfielder/DH with a bad attitude who struggled through injuries before being busted amid HGH allegations. (MLB Trade Rumors translation of ESPNDeportes)

HATERS GONNA HATE: When Astros GM Ed Wade signed reliever Brandon Lyon last season to a three-year, $15 million deal, he was exoriciated for giving so much money to a middling middle reliever. But now that the relief market has exploded, Wade's looking pretty good, as this article details. But has anyone considered that Lyon was the reason the relief market has exploded and become wildly overpaid? (Houston Chronicle)

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:14 am
Edited on: December 7, 2010 12:13 pm

Dodgers re-signing Padilla as reliever

Padilla In a curious move, Vincente Padilla is returning to the Dodgers on a one-year, $2 million deal as multiple sources are reporting.

Padilla made 16 starts sandwiched around an injury but used his eephus pitch to post a 4.07 ERA. He's been a starter for the last nine years but apparently will pitch out of the bullpen for the Dodgers and serve as a sixth starter.

It's not known yet why Padilla opted for this move as the 33-year-old clearly has plenty left in the tank as a starter.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 10:47 am

Cubs to allow Archer to contend for starting spot

Padilla With only Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Randy Wells certain to be part of the Cubs' rotation, that leaves two wide-open spots for competition.

If the Cubs get their way, one such spot will be filled by a veteran free-agent who wants to fill innings (in other news, 29 other teams would like the same) while the final spot will be battled out between internal candidates.

Of those there are plenty what with Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny drawing starts over the course of the past season. Chicago also has rookies Casey Coleman and Thomas Diamond who will battle for a starting spot along with top rookie prospect Chris Archer as ChicagoBreakingSports.com reports.

The 22-year-old finished up a sterling campaign in 2010, posting a 15-3 record and 2.34 ERA between high-Class A and Double A, hurling 142 1/3 innings with 149 whiffs and 65 walks and was just added to the 40-man roster to be protected from the Rule 5 draft.

Archer, who was acquired in the Mark DeRosa trade with St. Louis two years ago, is long on potential but asking someone to pitch in a big-league bullpen who has yet to pitch above Double-A (without a full season there, no less) and has shaky control problems is asking a lot. While Archer's future absolutely belongs in the rotation, the Cubs are likely giving his contention mere lip service unless he arrives in spring training having learned a lesson or two from Silva and starts pumping strikes. With so much competition for a starting spot, there's no reason for the Cubs to start Archer's service-time clock if he's not head and shoulders over every other contender.

One contender Archer would have to get past could be one of Javier Vazquez, Aaron Harang or Vincente Padilla. These names are courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times , which reported that GM Jim Hendry met with the agents of these three pitchers at the GM meetings.

Vazquez is receiving heavy attention from several teams and the Cubs could be such a team that has already offered a lucrative deal , kicking the Marlins out of contention.

Meanwhile, the other two names that the Cubs contacted aren't exactly known for their durability, but Chicago may be viewing Harang as a reclamation project that would cost less dollars and allow the Cubs to spend more money elsewhere. Harang's innings and games started have decreased five years in a row (although the first two years were negligible in difference), hitting 20 starts and 111 2/3 innings this past season for the Reds.

Padilla (pictured), meanwhile, has rehabbed his image in Chavez Ravine, but is far from a durable pitcher. He pitched 200 innings exactly in 2006, making 33 starts. He also cracked the 200-inning barrier from 2002-03, but over the last four years has shown no indication he can ever get back to that barrier. What he could do is give the team 180 quality innings (assuming he does not get hurt) -- and sometimes, 180 quality innings is better than 200 "pretty good" innings.

Brandon Guyer, Kyle Smits and Alberto Cabrera were also added to Chicago's 40-man roster and cannot be selected in the Rule 5 draft.

-- Evan Brunell

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