The Dodgers placed starter Vicente Padilla on the 15-day disabled list due to pain in his upper right forearm muscle, joining slugger Manny Ramirez on the list of notable names on L.A.’s infirmary. Padilla said the injury hampered him during spring training but subsided up until Thursday, when he gave up four runs in a 8-5 loss to the Reds.
Normally, this is the part where we mention how the team will miss the injured player in question’s presence but, in the case of Padilla, that isn’t exactly true. The Dodgers will miss Padilla in the rotation as much as the cast of The Other Side misses Lindsay Lohan. On the season, Padilla is 1-1 with a 7.06 ERA in four starts. You can make the case that Padilla’s early struggles can be attributed to the bum forearm. Although, Padilla has a lifetime ERA of 4.36 with a career record just slight above .500, so you can also make the case that he’s just not very good.
As for who gets to replace Padilla in the rotation, manager Joe Torre was mum. The team called up righty Jon Link from Triple-A before Sunday’s series finale with the Nationals. Veteran Jeff Weaver would make the most sense to fill in for Padilla, given his experience as a starter. Weaver’s currently 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA.
In other news, the Dodgers managed to snap their two-game losing streak with a 13-inning win over the Nationals on Saturday. Starter Clayton Kershaw put in a solid performance, giving up only two runs, striking out six, walking three in six innings of work. In the eighth, Torre brought in closer Jonathan Broxton to shut the door but a throwing error by catcher Russell Martin put Nats second baseman on third. Nationals centerfielder Nyjer Morgan would single on the next at-bat to drive in Kennedy and tie the game at 3. Broxton got hit with the blown save, his first of the season.
Martin would get his redemption in the 13th, as he would single Miguel Batista to drive in shortstop Rafael Furcal for the go-ahead run. Pitcher Carlos Monasterios would shut down the Nationals in the bottom of the 13th for his first major league win. The star of the game for the Dodgers was third baseman Casey Blake, who went deep twice off of Nats pitcher Craig Stammen for L.A.’s first two runs. The win moves the Dodgers to 8-9, while the Nationals fall to 9-9.
In the series finale Sunday, the Dodgers will trot out Chad Billingsley, who will hope to make it through the sixth inning for the first time this season. Billingsley(1-0, 7.07 ERA) will be squaring off against Scott Olsen(0-1, 11.74 ERA). Then, the Dodgers head to The Big Apple on Monday for a three-game series against the suddenly-hot New York Mets. The Mets have won three straight and are looking for a series sweep of the division rival Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
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