Padilla, who turns 34 years old in September, has been on the DL 10 times in his big league career _ including last year, when he missed about 2 1-2 weeks because of the same problem.
“We’ve tried to treat it conservatively, but it’s not working,” manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s the same thing as last year. Obviously, it’s not a great situation for anybody that’s having neck surgery. I mean, we’re not expecting a two-week period of time before he’s going to be back throwing or anything.”
Padilla has been limited to nine relief appearances _ all between April 23 and May 13. The 13-year veteran began the season on the disabled list while recovering from forearm surgery after going 6-5 last year with a 4.07 ERA in 16 starts.
Two seasons ago, he was the Dodgers‘ opening day starter because then-manager Joe Torre had no clear-cut favorite.
Padilla was actually the Dodgers‘ closer for a brief time upon his return, after Jonathan Broxton went on the DL with a bone bruise in his left elbow and posted three saves _ doubling his career total.
Padilla, an All-Star in 2002 with Philadelphia, re-signed with the Dodgers for one year at $2 million. In two-plus seasons with them, he is 10-5 with a 3.84 ERA in 23 starts and 10 relief outings. They originally signed him in August 2009 to a minor league, two days after he was released by the Texas Rangers. The Dodgers obtained him out of necessity, after Hiroki Kuroda was hit in the head by a line drive in a game against Arizona and went on the DL.
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