Padilla works for second straight day

Padilla works for second straight day

Padilla works for second straight day
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitcher Vicente Padilla returned to the mound for a second consecutive day on Tuesday, making 15 pitches at his highest velocity yet, before throwing breaking balls on flat ground.

Padilla, who underwent surgery to free an entrapped radial nerve in his right forearm on Feb. 24, came away from the workout with a smile.

The Dodgers have not given a timetable for Padilla's return -- because the surgery is rare for a pitcher -- but the only one known to have had it is former Milwaukee pitcher Jeff D'Amico, who was out for two months.

Padilla, however, is being asked to return as a reliever, so his rehab should be shorter because he won't need to build up the arm strength of a starter.