Padilla, Sherrill throw in simulated game

Padilla, Sherrill throw in simulated game

DENVER -- Vicente Padilla also had a simulated game Saturday.

Many of the participants weren't even aware of the disabled pitcher's early-morning controversy when Padilla shared the Coors Field mound at 1 p.m. MT with George Sherrill, another disabled Dodgers pitcher, pitching to teammates Jamey Carroll and Xavier Paul.

Padilla pitched three innings, Sherrill two. Padilla reported no problems with the inflamed radial nerve in his right arm that put him on the disabled list a month ago. He threw 15 pitches each of three innings.

"He didn't like his command, the sinker wasn't real good, but he threw breaking balls and splits," pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. "He'll take two days off, throw a bullpen at home and we'll look at a rehab start at San Bernardino Thursday. He'll probably need three of those."

That puts Padilla's return around mid-June.

"I thought the ball came out of his hand fine," manager Joe Torre said. "I didn't see any problem."

Sherrill is making a quick recovery from a stiff middle back he said was suffered getting into bed. Disabled only four days earlier, he threw 12 pitches each of two innings.

"I felt my timing was a lot better," Sherrill said. "I still feel a little something in the back, but it doesn't grab at all. If they want me to go somewhere, I'll go. I know they want me to be with [Triple-A Albuquerque pitching coach Jim] Slaton, but they're on the road."

Honeycutt indicated Sherrill will likely have a four-appearance Minor League rehab assignment -- twice with Class A Inland Empire, twice with Albuquerque.