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.