LOS ANGELES -- It seemed all season, the theme surrounding the Dodgers was injuries. Recently, it's shifted from those injuries to the ensuing healing process.
The Dodgers got good news on a couple fronts Sunday, as right-hander Vicente Padilla and outfielder Marcus Thames made relatively successful returns in Minor League rehab appearances.
At Triple-A Albuquerque, Thames smacked a third-inning home run, going 1-for-3 on the afternoon before being removed in the late innings.
In Class A, Padilla threw two scoreless frames. In the first, he struck out one and allowed a hit that was erased by a double-play grounder, and in the second, he hit a batter, but worked out of the trouble.
Another pitcher of interest, Zach Lee, returned after missing a start and allowed six runs without getting out of the first inning Sunday for Class A Great Lakes. Lee, last year's first-round Draft pick who signed for $5.25 million, walked two, hit two batters and allowed a home run.