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: Blue Jays and Marco Estrada nearing agreement on contract extension

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Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.

Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.

J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.

Video: Jackie Bradley, Jr. robs Chris Davis of a home run

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Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.

This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.