Vicente Padilla: Dodgers Pitcher Will Have An MRI On Sore Elbow
Vicente Padilla Is Getting An MRI On His Right Elbow Today, Is This Trouble For The Dodgers?
Vicente Padilla is going to undergo an MRI today for a sore right elbow. He missed time last year with some nerve damage in the same elbow, so the Dodgers are being extra cautious with him this time around.
This isn't the worst news in the world for the Dodgers, who have added a lot of depth to their pitching staff this offseason. They signed Jon Garland, who isn't actually very good but he pitched in San Diego last year which made him look better than he really is. They re-signed Ted Lilly and Hiroki Kuroda, and they still have Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley at the top of the rotation.
The Dodgers are a little thin in the bullpen, which is where Padilla was going to start the year, but it's not that difficult to find pieces to plug into a bullpen.
This could turn into a bad injury only because the Dodgers are so strapped for cash right now with McCourt's divorce and they can't spend any money to sign players or take on anything via trade.
However, the key to the Dodgers season is not Vicente Padilla. The key is Matt Kemp playing like he did in 2009 (.297/.352/.490), not 2010 (.249/.310/.450). They need Andre Ethier to be healthy all year. They need Clayton Kershaw to do what he has been doing the last two years, ERA under 3 and 397 strikeouts in 375.1 innings pitched. Plus, guys like Billingsley, Lilly, James Loney and Rafael Furcal to play up to their potential.
There is not a lot of depth to this Dodgers team, so those guys have to perform at their absolute best all year long if they want to contend in the National League West with the defending champion San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies.
Padilla will be missed, if in fact there is something really wrong with the elbow, but it's not something that is going to change the direction of the Dodgers 2011 season.
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