NEW YORK -- Manager Joe Torre said that Vicente Padilla probably won't be able to resume throwing for seven to 10 days because of the inflamed radial nerve in his right forearm, an injury that was diagnosed late Monday after he underwent an MRI.
Padilla went on the disabled list on Saturday after the discomfort, which had plagued him sporadically since early in Spring Training, became too severe to pitch through. The condition is very unusual for a pitcher and is more commonly associated with tennis elbow.
"We'll have to wait a while before he throws," said Torre. "Possibly a week to 10 days. We have to let it quiet down and go from there. It needs to be paid attention to. We're not certain it's going to be better in a period of time. We'll have to wait and see."
Meanwhile, after an examination on Monday, it was determined that Manny Ramirez does not need an injection in his strained right calf. Ramirez continues to receive treatment and work out at Dodger Stadium.
Ely likely to start for L.A. on Wednesday
NEW YORK -- The likely starting pitcher for the Dodgers on Wednesday is 23-year-old right-hander John Ely, obtained with Jon Link from the White Sox in the offseason trade for Juan Pierre.Ely's name dropped off the list of probable pitchers for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes and showed up in the clubhouse on Tuesday, although there was no confirmation from the team. The Dodgers need a pitcher on Wednesday to take the place of disabled Opening Day starter Vicente Padilla.
Ely was taken by Chicago in the third round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Miami (Ohio) University. He went 14-2 with a 2.82 ERA at Double-A last year and is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts for Albuquerque, having last pitched on April 21. He has 12 strikeouts, but also eight walks, in 18 innings.
Ely is a non-roster pitcher who was not in Major League camp, and he has appeared in only one Major League Spring Training game for the Dodgers, allowing two runs on six hits in three innings.
Rotation in question after rainout, twin bill
NEW YORK -- Manager Joe Torre isn't sure how he will handle the disruption to his starting rotation caused by Monday night's rainout and Tuesday's doubleheader.
Whereas Hiroki Kuroda received an extra day of rest before pitching in Tuesday's opener, Charlie Haeger pitched on three days' rest in the nightcap.
Wednesday's series finale will likely be started by rookie John Ely, making his Major League debut. The Dodgers then open a homestand against the Pirates, with Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley pitching on normal rest on Thursday and Friday.
By Saturday, Torre either must bring Kuroda back on short rest, which he has previously ruled out consistently, or bring back Haeger on three days' rest again.
"We'll see [on Tuesday] how hard [Haeger] has to work," said Torre. "It's certainly a possibility. We'll figure it out by tomorrow."
Other options would be to promote another player from the Minors, which had been quite a search before they settled on Ely, or patch together current relievers. Torre mentioned Ramon Ortiz and Carlos Monasterios as the likely candidates if the team goes that route.
Torre is leaning against inserting Jeff Weaver into Vicente Padilla's rotation spot when Weaver returns after a sore back led the Dodgers to place him the disabled list. Torre probably wouldn't start Weaver, because his starts last year rarely went past five innings. Weaver expects to be activated the first day he is eligible, May 7.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.