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Vicente Padilla returns from DL eight weeks after arm surgery

Apr 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

Vicente Padilla

When Vicente Padilla underwent forearm surgery in February there was speculation that he could miss the entire first half, but today the Dodgers activated him from the disabled list just eight weeks after going under the knife.

Padilla is expected to work out of the bullpen, although if the Dodgers need some rotation help down the line he could be an option to start again once he builds up arm strength.

He hasn’t been a reliever since 2001, making 237 starts in 238 total appearances since then, but the Dodgers’ rotation depth had Padilla slated for the bullpen even before the surgery.

He allowed one run in 2.1 innings while rehabbing at Single-A.

  1. BC - Apr 22, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Kaboom!!!!!! <—– Vicente's arm
    Coming soon to a theater near you.

  2. craigbhill - Apr 22, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Not knowing how he will pitch as a reliever, i hope and expect he’ll do a good job. He is deeply needed right now, as some of the dollar store acquistions Frisco Ned Colletti found in the bullpen bargain bin haven’t worked out. I’d expect him to come in for long relief, and fill those big holes. He’s had some month-long stretches with the Dodgers where as a starter he has been untouchable.

  3. Utley's Hair - Apr 22, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Angry McPissedoff’s return should do wonders for the Dodgers clubhouse right about now.

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