Dodgers to let matchups decide closing duties

Dodgers to let matchups decide closing duties

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reluctantly conceded he's left with a closer by committee now that Vicente Padilla's surgically repaired forearm has flared up and could make him the latest addition to the disabled list.

Mattingly said Matt Guerrier, who saved his first game as a Dodger on Tuesday night, and Kenley Jansen will get the call "depending on the lineup and how we match up," with Mike MacDougal in the mix because of his three seasons of 20-plus saves. Jansen had pitched in four of the last five games entering Wednesday.

"In that sense of the word," said Mattingly, "it's a little bit by committee."

Mattingly said after primary closer Jonathan Broxton went on the disabled list that he doesn't like closers by committee because they aren't effective, but he's left with no choice.

Broxton, out with a bruised elbow, is only light tossing and is weeks away from returning. Secondary closer Hong-Chih Kuo is on the DL indefinitely with anxiety disorder. Ronald Belisario never made it to Spring Training. Blake Hawksworth is on the DL with a strained right groin.

Now Padilla could be headed back to the disabled list, having started the season there after surgery. He last pitched Friday night, using 32 pitches, the most he's thrown since the February operation to free an entrapped radial nerve, and recorded only two outs.

Mattingly said Padilla didn't complain until Tuesday night, when head athletic trainer Stan Conte said Padilla had discomfort closer to the wrist than the surgical site. On Wednesday, he felt discomfort closer to the surgical site on the outside of the forearm.

Mattingly said it "could be" serious, yet Conte said the medical department "anticipated that in the elbow area there would be discomfort now and then, so we're not totally surprised when he comes in and says that."

Conte said Padilla was examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday night and would be examined again Wednesday night. He didn't know how long it would be before Padilla could throw, but all signs pointed to the Dodgers needing a replacement sooner than later.