Vicente Padilla returns from DL eight weeks after arm surgery

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When Vicente Padilla underwent forearm surgery in February there was speculation that he could miss the entire first half, but today the Dodgers activated him from the disabled list just eight weeks after going under the knife.

Padilla is expected to work out of the bullpen, although if the Dodgers need some rotation help down the line he could be an option to start again once he builds up arm strength.

He hasn’t been a reliever since 2001, making 237 starts in 238 total appearances since then, but the Dodgers’ rotation depth had Padilla slated for the bullpen even before the surgery.

He allowed one run in 2.1 innings while rehabbing at Single-A.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.