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 Nationals made a handful of roster decisions on Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Pitcher Wander Suero was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse and 1B/OF Matt Adams was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left index finger. With the two open roster spots, the Nationals recalled pitcher Jefry Rodriguez from Syracuse to start against the Orioles and added recently-acquired reliever Kelvin Herrera to the roster.
Adams, 29, was hit on the hand attempting to lay down a bunt on Friday. He has been quite productive for the Nationals this year, batting .275/.351/.575 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI in 171 plate appearances.
Adams was splitting time at first base with Mark Reynolds. Daniel Murphy drew starts at first base over the weekend, so it could be a Reynolds/Murphy split there now with Wilmer Difo remaining at second base.
In his major league debut on June 3, the 24-year-old Rodriguez pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Jeremy Hellickson, who lasted just one-third of an inning. Tuesday’s start will be his first at the big league level. At Double-A Harrisburg this season, Rodriguez posted a 3.31 ERA with a 72/28 K/BB ratio in 68 innings.