Padilla plays long toss, eyes bullpen session

Padilla plays long toss, eyes bullpen session

Padilla plays long toss, eyes bullpen session
PHOENIX -- Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla played long toss Friday and hopes to be on the mound for a bullpen session in about 10 days.

Padilla, who had surgery on the entrapped radial nerve on his throwing arm Feb. 24, began throwing eight days after the procedure and said his forearm is pain-free. He's not sure when he will be ready to pitch in a game but is pleased with his progress.

"I'm good," he said. "I'm just going to keep doing what they tell me to do."

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Last season, Padilla went 6-5 with a 4.07 ERA and made only 16 starts. He experienced similar forearm discomfort last Spring Training but pitched through it and was the Dodgers' Opening Day starter. The club signed him to a one-year, incentive-laden contract (with a $2 million base) for 2011. He estimates he has lost about 15 pounds since the end of last season.

The Dodgers could use the pitching depth. Right-handed pitcher Jon Garland, who was penciled in as the team's fifth starter, has a strained oblique muscle that is expected to sideline him from four to six weeks.

General manager Ned Colletti said the club will stay in-house, and manager Don Mattingly said that John Ely and non-roster invitee Tim Redding will take over Garland's Spring Training innings.

The Dodgers won't need a fifth starter until April 12.