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Dodgers lose Vicente Padilla to elbow surgery, out indefinitely

Feb 23, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

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And just like that, the Dodgers’ impressive rotation depth is no more.

Vicente Padilla returned to Los Angeles to have an MRI exam on his sore right elbow and the news isn’t good, as the Dodgers announced today that he’ll undergo surgery “to free up a nerve that is entrapped in his forearm.”

There’s no timetable yet for Padilla’s recovery, but the surgery will be performed tomorrow and he’s clearly going to miss an extended period of time. He spent two months on the disabled list with elbow problems last year as well, which played a part in his accepting just $3 million in guaranteed money to re-sign this offseason.

Padilla’s loss may not have a huge impact on the Dodgers unless another starter goes down, as he was slated for the bullpen initially with Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda, Ted Lilly, and Jon Garland ahead of him on the rotation depth chart. Padilla had a 3.31 ERA in 12 starts after returning from the DL in mid-June and the 33-year-old right-hander went 32-19 with a 4.49 ERA in 413 innings overall during the previous three seasons.

  1. trevorb06 - Feb 23, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    They still have decent enough depth as they have Monasterios and Ely who can spot start decently. Heck they could always sign Millwood (and lose approx. 1500-2500 fans).

  2. heyblueyoustink - Feb 23, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    their main problem still lies in the missing pop in the offense…..

  3. SmackSaw - Feb 23, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Garland’s shoulder hangs by a thread.

  4. BC - Feb 23, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    You won’t see Padilla this year.

  5. kinggeorge96 - Feb 23, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    You’re trying to tell me I’m older than this guy.. He looks 43!

    Guess that Eephus pitch isn’t as easy as it looks?

  6. Old Gator - Feb 23, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Sorry to hear that his nerve is entrapped in his forearm. My forearm is a people’s republic in which all nerves are free to come and go as they wish. Free Vincente Padilla’s nerve!

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