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.

Bryce Harper shaved his beard

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Big news out of Washington, D.C. — MLB.com’s Jamal Collier reports that Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has shaved his signature beard. We don’t have any photos as of yet, but Harper did recently post this photo of himself, with a mere five o’clock shadow, from six years ago which can give us a reference point.

6 years ago today!🙌🏻 #19to25

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It hasn’t been the best sports day in the nation’s capital, as Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also announced he was stepping down as head coach after having led his team to a championship.

The Yankees, which coincidentally has a well-known no-facial-hair policy, are in town to make up a suspended game from May 15 and a postponed game from May 16. The suspended game will resume in the top of the sixth inning at 5:05 PM ET. The other game should start shortly after the conclusion of the resumed game. In that game, Sonny Gray will start opposite Erick Fedde.