Tag:Vicente Padilla
Posted on: June 13, 2011 8:20 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 9:11 pm

Dodgers' Padilla to have neck surgery

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Vicente PadillaThe Dodgers have announced reliever Vicente Padilla will have neck surgery on Thursday and is out an "extended period of time."

The 33-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched since May 13 when he was put on the disabled list. Padilla has no record and a 4.15 ERA in nine appearances with three saves.

The Dodgers have been using a hodgepodge of relievers in their bullpen, as seven different pitchers have recorded saves for the team this season. Lefty Scott Elbert was the latest Dodgers reliever to record a save, picking up the first of his career by recording one out against the Rockies on Sunday.

Kenley Jansen (right shoulder inflammation) and Hong-Chih Kuo (anxiety disorder) are currently on rehab assignments, while closer Jonathan Broxton (bone bruise in right elbow) is expected to start a rehab assignment this week.

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Posted on: June 4, 2011 3:08 pm

Dodgers add ninth, 10th players to DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Rafael FurcalThe Dodgers disabled list has reached double-digits, as the team placed shortstop Rafael Furcal (strained oblique) and pitcher Jon Garland (right shoulder inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list.

The Dodgers have the most players on the disabled list in the majors, but infielder Juan Uribe (hip) and outfielder Marcus Thames (quadriceps) are expected to return soon. Starter Vicente Padilla has had a setback with pain in his neck, so he wasn't called up.

The Dodgers called up infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. and right-hander John Ely.

Furcal returned from the DL on May 22 after suffered a fractured left thumb and was hitting just .225/.244/.300 with one home run and a stolen base in 10 games since his return. He's hitting just .212/.246/.273 in 17 games overall.

Garland is 1-5 with a 4.33 ERA in nine starts. He's pitched 54 innings this year and could lose money because of his injuries. Garland is making $3.5 million this year, but would received another $3.525 million if he pitches between 150-190 innings this season and a vesting option for 2012 at $8 million if he pitches 190 innings this year.

Also on the 15-day disabled list for the Dodgers are relievers Jonathan Broxton (elbow), Blake Hawksworth (groin), Kenley Jansen (shoulder) and Hong-Chih Kuo (illness). Catcher Hecotr Gimenez (knee) is on the 60-day disabled list.

Los Angeles has just one pitcher on the 40-man roster who isn't either in the majors or on the major or minor league disabled list. That pitcher, Luis Vasquez, is currently at Class A Rancho Cucumonga.

The Twins currently have eight players on the disabled list, including two (Joe Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka) on the 60-day disabled list.

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Posted on: May 30, 2011 11:20 pm

Who is the Dodgers' closer?

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked what appeared to be a pretty simple question before his team's game against the Rockies on Monday: Who is the Dodgers' closer?

"How do I know?" Mattingly answered, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo, Vicente Padilla and Kenley Jansen are all on the disabled list.

Matt Guerrier and Mike MacDougal both have saves this season, but Mattingly said he'd rather keep those two pitching in the middle innings -- and as a safety net if one of his younger relievers gets in trouble and have to leave in the middle of an inning.

That leaves him with Javy Guerra, Scott Elbert and Rubby De La Rosa as the choice to close. All three have recently been called up from the minors.Combined, the three have pitched 39 1/3 innings in the big leagues -- and 30 1/3 of those belong to the lefty Elbert, who appeared in 19 games for the Dodgers in 2009.

The three have pitched well enough in their limited appearances so far.

Elbert, 25, had given up just one hit and a walk, while striking out five in four scoreless innings before Monday, when he allowed a hit and a walk, but no runs or outs in his six-pitch outing. He was rescued by Guerrier, just as Mattingly said he wanted to do.

Guerra, 25, came into Monday's game having allowed four hits and two walks in six innings, allowing two runs, while walking two and striking out four. He earned a save last week against the Astros.

De La Rosa, 22, picked up the win in his last outing, Friday against the Marlins when he allowed a run on two hits in two innings of work. It was just the second outing of his career, having made his big-league debut three days earlier with a scoreless inning against the Astros. The hard-throwing right hander was 7-2 with a 2.37 ERA and six saves last season at Class A and Double-A.

Mattingly didn't need to tip his hand Monday, as the Dodgers led 7-1 going into the ninth, a non-save situation. However, Guerra finished out the game for Los Angeles, allowing two hits, but no runs, in his inning of work.

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Posted on: May 19, 2011 8:03 pm

Dodgers search for another closer

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Vicente PadillaAlready on their third closer of the season, the Dodgers will be searching for No. 4, as Vicente Padilla has been placed on the disabled list with a stiff right forearm.

Padilla will join Jonathan Broxton (bruised elbow) and Hong-Chih Kuo (anxiety disorder) on the DL, along with Blake Hawksowrth (strained right groin).

The Dodgers will have to use Matt Guerrier and Kenley Jansen as their primary closers, with Mike MacDougal also in the mix. Guerrier picked up the save on Tuesday, but manager Don Mattingly has said matchups would dictate which of the two -- Guerrier or Jansen -- would close.

Los Angeles called up Ramon Troncoso from Triple-A. The right-hander has allowed 12 hits to the 17 batters he's faced this season -- for those of you not down with stats, that's not good. In 2 2/3 innings, he's given up six runs -- but hasn't walked (or struck out) a batter, so there's that.

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Posted on: May 6, 2011 2:12 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2011 6:11 pm

Broxton placed on DL, shut down for 2-3 weeks

By Matt Snyder

Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bone spur and bruise to his right (throwing) elbow. (LA Times via Twitter) Right-hander Kenley Jansen has been recalled to take Broxton's place in the bullpen as a corresponding move.

Broxton will not throw at all for 2-3 weeks, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com has relayed. The ligament is fine and there are no floating bone chips, but the bone bruise makes it painful to throw at all, so he'll be shut down completely. He could have pitched in three to four days, but that would have eliminated the ability to pitch in back-to-back games. So Broxton will just shut it down for a while. That means he's going to have to build back his arm strength after that 2-3 weeks with no activity, so it will be quite a while before he's all the way back and ready to return to the Dodgers.

Broxton has had major issues early in the 2011 season, especially with a major decrease in velocity from where he was when dominant in 2009. In his last outing, against the Cubs May 3, he was only hitting 90 on the radar gun and couldn't find the strike zone (only three of 11 pitches were strikes). On the season, Broxton has a 5.68 ERA and 1.90 WHIP in 12 2/3 innings. His strikeout rate (7.1 per nine innings) is far lower than his career mark of 11.5 K/9 and he's never been knocked around like this. So news of the injury wasn't surprising.

Of course, Broxton's agent said Thursday night there was no structural damage and the Dodgers wouldn't immediately place Broxton on the DL, instead waiting a few days to see how his arm responded. So much for that.

With Broxton on the shelf, the Dodgers have said they'll use both Vicente Padilla in save situations. He's already had a DL stint thus far in 2011, so it's possible Hong-Chih Kuo gets some chances to avoid overworking Padilla. Padilla has been effective this season out of the bullpen, sporting a 1.50 ERA in six innings. He converted his only save opportunity. Kuo's had some trouble in his limited action so far, but had a 1.20 ERA in 60 innings last season and converted 12 of his 13 save chances.

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 4:25 pm

Padilla, not Broxton, gets Dodgers' save

By Matt Snyder

Wednesday, Vicente Padilla collected his first save since September 28, 2000, but it was the manner in which he got the save that draws the attention of most.

Monday night, Dodgers closer (at the time) Jonathan Broxton blew a save. It was the first save he'd blown in 2011 and would have been closed down had Jamey Carroll not completely whiffed on a grounder with two outs.

Tuesday morning, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said on the radio that the Dodgers would go with Broxton, Vicente Padilla and Hong-Chih Kuo as a bit of a three-headed monster for save situations. Later Tuesday, Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly reportedly held a meeting with Broxton to inform him he was still the team's primary closer.

But the next save chance came Wednesday afternoon in Florida, and Padilla was summoned to close down the Marlins -- and he set them down in order, 1-2-3. Broxton was did not appear in the game, a 5-4 Dodgers victory.

So are the Dodgers going with Colletti's plan? Did Broxton just get one day off from closing duties to clear his head? Is Padilla the closer?

Hey, it's the Dodgers. Bud Selig forced MLB to take control of the Dodgers last week after Frank McCourt ran the franchise's finances into the ground. Anything's possible at this point.

The only thing that really matters is the Dodgers won the game. Oh, and Andre Ethier not only extended his April-record 24-game hitting streak, but he hit the go-ahead home run in the 10th.

UPDATE: After the game, Mattingly reportedly said Broxton has elbow soreness and would only be available in an "emergency" and that Broxton is still his closer. Of course, he also said he wasn't averse to using Padilla in a save situation with Broxton healthy and available. So, yeah, it's still confusing (LA Times via Twitter)

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Posted on: April 26, 2011 3:26 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2011 4:50 pm

Mixed signals from Dodgers on closer

By Matt Snyder

After blowing his first save of the season -- in allowing two unearned runs after a Jamey Carroll error, mind you -- Jonathan Broxton has been removed as the primary closer for the Dodgers, according to general manager Ned Colletti. He said as much on KABC Los Angeles Tuesday. He noted that the Dodgers will use a trio of guys in closing situations: Hong-Chih Kuo. Vicente Padilla and Broxton.

Of course, manager Don Mattingly told Broxton he was still the Dodgers' closer, reports the LA Times . So either Colletti met with Mattingly and the two decided to leave Broxton in the role or the manager and general manager are not on the same page.

Though Broxton, 26, has only blown one save in six chances and it wasn't totally his fault, he hasn't been lights out by any measure. He has a 4.35 ERA and 1.84 WHIP through 11 outings. In 10 1/3 innings, the troubling items are 12 hits, two home runs and seven walks. Colletti implied the move to be less a demotion for Broxton than a way to help him regain his confidence.

Kuo, 29, is a lefty and had 12 saves last season with a sparkling 1.20 ERA and 0.78 WHIP. He struck out 73 in 60 innings. This season he's thrown just 2 2/3 innings, so it's such a small sample we can't really draw any conclusions.

Padilla, 33, has been primarily a starter throughout his career, with 237 of his career 323 appearances coming as starts. He does have two career saves, but those came back in 2000. He's only had two outings so far this season, after beginning the season on the disabled list.

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Posted on: April 9, 2011 2:58 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:53 am

Garland, Padilla nearing return to Dodgers

By Evan Brunell


GarlandTwo Dodger pitchers are closing in on returning to the team. Free agent signee Jon Garland will make a rehab start Sunday for the Class A affiliate. While Garland (pictured) believes he doesn't need a rehab start, the Dodgers have no interest in risking anything until they see how Garland performs in a game.

I want to pitch Sunday, but I don't think there's a chance they'll let me," Garland told MLB.com. "I guess I'm not the boss and I don't make the call. In my eyes, I'm 100 percent. If they tell me no [next time], they'll have a fight on their hands. Me and the trainers have been going back and forth."

To fill in for Garland, John Ely is expected to take the hill, but manager Don Mattingly refused to confirm that.

Meanwhile, sixth starter and reliever Vincente Padilla isn't feeling as good as Garland. His right forearm is sore, but that hasn't set his ETA back, as he is still expected to return at the end of the month.

"I'm still really optimistic he's ahead of schedule," Mattingly said. "Our best case was the end of the month and that got pushed up with a lot of excitement the way he was going, but we're still on target with him."

The Dodgers are 3-3 and so far have avoided necessitating a fifth starter, although that will change Sunday. For Ely to make that spot start, the club will need to clear a spot on the pitching staff. Ely figures to be farmed out after the game depending on Garland's rehab start.


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