Padilla scratched from next start with bulging disk in neck

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That didn’t take long. Just one start after returning from the disabled list due to a bulging disk in his neck, the Dodgers have scratched Vicente Padilla from Sunday’s start against the Astros with a recurrence of the same injury.

According to the team’s official Twitter feed, rookie right-hander Carlos Monasterios will start in his place on Sunday.

Padilla missed a little over three weeks with the original injury and returned to allow three runs over four innings in a loss to the Padres on Monday night. The 32-year-old right-hander is 6-5 with a 4.07 ERA and 84/24 K/BB ratio over 16 starts this season. It wouldn’t be a stretch to think he could be done for the year. 

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.