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Vicente Padilla thinks he could be game-ready in two months

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Vicente Padilla returned to Camelback Ranch on Saturday morning with a three-inch scar and a white bandage covering his right elbow, his sense of humor still intact.

Padilla told some jokes and laughed about how bored he will be for the three or four weeks he'll have to wait until he can resume throwing.

Padilla estimated that once he starts throwing he will need another three or four weeks to prepare himself for competition.

“If everything goes well, I can be pitching in two months,” Padilla said. “I should be able to come back 100%.”

Padilla said he was pleased with the operation he underwent on Thursday, which released a nerve that was entrapped in a muscle in his forearm.

He said he was never seriously concerned about the discomfort that led to the operation. He missed two months last season with a problem with the same nerve.

“I wasn’t that worried because this is the third year I’ve had this,” he said. “It wasn’t so much a pain as it was a pinch. Last year it was a lot more painful. I couldn’t even move my arm.”

-- Dylan Hernandez, reporting from Phoenix

Photo: Veteran right-hander Vicente Padilla during a spring-training workout earlier this month at Camelback Ranch. Credit: Morry Gash / Associated Press

 
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GET BACK IN ACTION FAST MAN! WE NEED YOU!

Sez Padilla..."Last year it was a lot more painful. I couldn’t even move my arm.” There needs to be a statue of Ned Colletti at the entrance to Dodger Stadium holding a torch in one hand and proclaiming "Give us your poor, your tired, your injured masses longing to be Dodgers"

Amen, skyharbor. Put water around it, call it Frank and Jamie Island. Oh, my bad, they'll be trying to charge the island a lease fee.

This is actually a blessing. It gives the Dodgers two months to decide who can help the club out of the pen and nail down roles. Padilla was awesome when he came back from the same injury last year and regardless of how well he might pitch out of the pen, he is dominant when healthy and starting. Someone will get hurt in the rotation this spring and Padilla will be there to pick up the pieces, and hopefully the W's, during the dog days. Until then i look forward to see Hawksworth progress. Montesarios is deadly when he throws strikes low in the zone but I haven't seen him do that with any type of regularity and pray that he doesn't break with the club. I would rather see the extra spot go to a lefty. It would be huge if Elbert and Mahay had solid springs and both broke with the club, giving Donnie and his staff a month of ML competition to see who can fill the situational lefty spot better by the time Padilla gets back.


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