Dodgers place closer Vicente Padilla on DL with sore forearm

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The Dodgers, who are already without both Jonathan Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo, put another reliever on the DL Thursday after replacement closer Vicente Padilla came down with a sore forearm.

Padilla opened the season on the DL after elbow surgery, but he quickly claimed the closer’s after returning last month.  That was because both original the Dodgers’ original closer, Broxton, and his presumed heir, Kuo, were struggling with injuries of their own.

With Padilla down, the Dodgers are left with Kenley Jansen, Matt Guerrier and Mike MacDougal as closing options. 

Jansen, the converted catcher who was a sensation after debuting last year, was briefly sent down to Double-A last month, but he’s struck out seven in four scoreless innings since returning.  He closed out a game last Friday after Padilla failed to get the job done in the ninth.

Guerrier would be manager Don Mattingly’s safest option, even though he’s a 32-year-old with six career saves to his credit.  He picked up the save Tuesday in the Dodgers’ 3-0 win over the Brewers.

MacDougal is the man in the pen with all of the closing experience; he’s saved 70 games, including 20 with the Nationals in 2009.  Still, he’s even wilder than Jansen, having walked nine batters in 14 2/3 innings this season.

Jansen is the one candidate of the three to run away with the job while Padilla is out.  It’d certainly be best for Mattingly and the Dodgers if he could do so.  Guerrier is at his most valuable working in tight games in the seventh and eighth innings.

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.