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Due to return Friday, Padilla may close for LA

Due to return Friday, Padilla may close for LA

Due to return Friday, Padilla may close for LA
LOS ANGELES -- On Tuesday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said if everything went as planned in reliever Vicente Padilla's rehab start that night, he would return from the disabled list Friday.

It went as planned, with Padilla needing just 13 pitches to work his way through two scoreless innings for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and Mattingly is confident he'll have the righty back for the start of a 10-game road trip.

As for Padilla's role, Mattingly wouldn't commit to using him as a closer, but given the slew of injuries in his bullpen, he hinted it may be the best option.

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"We haven't really talked about it too much," Mattingly said. "But with him we're not afraid to put him in that role."

Mattingly said he still plans to pick a closer based on matchups but ultimately said he'd like to have someone specific to give the ball to in the final inning.

"I'd like to have that guy in the ninth where we say this is our guy in the ninth, this is where we go and we work to him," Mattingly said. "We haven't been able to put that scenario together, so we've been really flexible as to how we're doing it, but I'd still like to have that guy."

Padilla threw two innings in each of his rehab outings, but Mattingly said that was strictly because one inning didn't give Padilla enough pitches.

In other pitching news, Kenley Jansen, another wounded member of the Dodgers' bullpen, threw for the first time since being put on the disabled list Sunday with inflammation in his right shoulder.

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