Vicente Padilla to resume throwing in 3-4 weeks after surgery

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Vicente Padilla underwent forearm surgery yesterday and Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are “optimistic” enough about how things went that he could be cleared to resume throwing in just 3-4 weeks.

Add in some time to build back arm strength while showing he’s healthy and a late April or early May return seems possible, with Hernandez describing the surgery to release a nerve entrapped in his forearm as “a minimally invasive procedure.”

Padilla, who was slated for a season-opening spot in the bullpen while also serving as the team’s sixth starter, will likely slide into a middle relief role once he’s ready for game action. He hasn’t been a reliever since 2001, but signing Jon Garland and re-signing both Hiroki Kuroda and Ted Lilly means the Dodgers’ rotation is already solidified barring more spring injuries.

Report: Braves to promote Ronald Acuña

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MLB.com’s Mark Bowman confirms a report from Daniel Álvarez Montes of EVTV Miami that the Braves are calling up outfield prospect Ronald Acuña from Triple-A Gwinnett.

The move is obviously much anticipated and expected, as Acuña is considered the top prospect in baseball among those who hadn’t been called up to the majors yet. Acuña has had a slow start with Gwinnett, as he’s batting only .215/.301/.277 in 73 plate appearances. However, he has turned things around somewhat in recent days, batting .379 with a double and a homer since April 17.

Acuña should be in Wednesday’s starting lineup against the Reds and he should be a lineup regular going forward. The expectations are high for Acuña, who signed with the Braves as an international free agent in July 2014.