Padilla could return after Tuesday rehab outing

Padilla could return after Tuesday rehab outing

LOS ANGELES -- Pitcher Vicente Padilla, who is on the 15-day disabled list, came out of his Sunday rehab appearance in good shape and is scheduled for another Tuesday, which could lead to his activation.

Manager Don Mattingly said Padilla is ready for another one-inning outing after the one Sunday, when he allowed one run on two hits with a walk and strikeout for Class A Rancho Cucamonga. It was his first game action since undergoing Feb. 24 surgery to free an entrapped radial nerve in his right forearm.

"Tomorrow tells us a lot," Mattingly said, an indication that Padilla could join the Dodgers' bullpen for the upcoming trip that starts Friday in Chicago against the Cubs.

Mattingly said outfielder Jay Gibbons is having continued vision problems and was scheduled to see another specialist Monday. Apparently, he is not close to returning. Neither is disabled catcher Hector Gimenez, who returned from Camelback Ranch in Arizona for another MRI of his right knee.

Disabled backup catcher Dioner Navarro, out since Spring Training with a torn right oblique muscle, will begin a Minor League rehab assignment Tuesday night for Double-A Chattanooga.

Apparently, the location was chosen so Navarro can more easily rejoin the club on the next trip, which begins Friday in Chicago for a three-game series against the Cubs and moves to Florida on Monday for a three-game series with the Marlins.

The Dodgers also have promoted first baseman Corey Smith from Chattanooga to Triple-A Albuquerque and assigned outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez to Chattanooga.