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Dodgers place Padilla on DL; is there a closer in the house?

May 19, 2011 |  6:48 pm

Photo: Vicente Padilla. Credit: Steve Mitchell / U.S. Presswire And for the Dodgers’ next closer …

Quick, somebody put a hand up.

That forearm soreness of Vicente Padilla’s became serious enough Thursday that the Dodgers put him on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 14 with radial nerve irritation.

To replace him, they called up Ramon Troncoso, again, from triple-A Albuquerque.

This is the same forearm Padilla had surgery on during spring training and forced him to miss the first three weeks of the season.

Shortly after he returned, however, closer Jonathan Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo, the closer late last season, quickly went to the disabled list.

Padilla was elevated to closer, but threw 32 pitches Friday in his ninth appearance and his forearm became sore.

"It’s the same area, so it kind of relates to the same stuff,’’ Manager Don Mattingly said. ``He’s feeling a little better today, which is encouraging. But we’re on day six, and realistically we probably wouldn’t be able to use him again until day nine or 10, and then we’d have to give him a day off and we’re at day 12.

"It just makes sense for us to give him a chance to get healthy and try to deal with the long term."

Mattingly said there was no additional surgical procedure anticipated and was hopeful Padilla would be ready to join the team when he’s eligible to come off the DL on May 29.

"I don’t think it’s an injury, it’s like Stan (Conte, trainer) said, it’s more something that you would almost expect," Mattingly said. "There’s going to be some ups and downs with that arm."

While Padilla is out, Mattingly said he would use Matt Guerrier and Kenley Jansen as his main closers.

Troncoso was 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA at Albuquerque, which is ja tad better than his 20.25 ERA he posted in two games of his first call-up in April.

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Photo: Vicente Padilla. Credit: Steve Mitchell / U.S. Presswire

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