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.

The Angels are giving managerial candidates a two-hour written test

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Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Los Angeles Angels are administering a two-hour written test to managerial candidates. The test presents “questions spanning analytical, interpersonal and game-management aspects of the job,” according to Morosi.

I can’t find any reference to it, but I remember another team doing some form of written testing for managerial candidates within the past couple of years. Questions which presented tactical dilemmas, for example. I don’t recall it being so intense, however. And then, as now, I have a hard time seeing experienced candidates wanting to sit for a two-hour written exam when their track record as a manager, along with an interview to assess compatibility should cover most of it. Just seems like an extension of the current trend in which front offices are taking away authority and, with this, some measure of professional respect, from managers.