Padilla held out with stiffness in forearm

Padilla held out with stiffness in forearm

Padilla held out with stiffness in forearm
LOS ANGELES -- Interim closer Vicente Padilla was unavailable to pitch the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 3-0 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night because of stiffness in his right forearm, manager Don Mattingly said after the game.

Padilla had surgery during the offseason to free a radial nerve entrapped by a muscle in his right forearm, but Mattingly said the stiffness is unrelated to the procedure that kept Padilla on the disabled list until April 22.

"Talking to [trainer] Stan [Conte] ... didn't really feel like it was in the exact same area," Mattingly said. "It's not really in the nerve. We'll see."

Mattingly said Padilla, who threw 32 pitches in two-thirds of an inning Friday, should be available Wednesday, when the Dodgers begin a two-game series against the San Francisco Giants.

Matt Guerrier assumed the role of closer for the Dodgers on Tuesday and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of the season and the sixth of his career.