LA's Padilla, Sherrill set for rehab starts
Pitchers slated to throw for Class A Inland Empire this week
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitchers George Sherrill and Vicente Padilla, who are on the disabled list, are both scheduled to make appearances for Class A Inland Empire in San Bernardino this week.
Sherrill, out with mid-back tightness, is to pitch an inning Tuesday and Thursday nights. He will throw the fourth inning on Thursday after Padilla, out since April with a right elbow injury, pitches the first three innings.
The Dodgers will be able to activate Sherrill on June 8, his first day of eligibility, if all goes according to plan, team trainer Stan Conte said.
After Thursday, Padilla is to remain on a five-day rotation and make at least two more rehab starts while building his pitch count to at least 75 pitches. Padilla threw a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium on Monday.
Cory Wade's name is also starting to appear on the horizon. The right-handed reliever was put on the 60-day DL at the start of the season because of surgery on his throwing shoulder but has started to throw bullpen sessions in Arizona. Wade has been throwing primarily fastballs and thrown off a mound only a couple times.
"Off flat ground, he's done really well and enough time has gone by from the surgery," Conte said. "He'll be able move a little bit faster than Padilla just because he's a reliever."
Hurt last season, Wade was 2-3 with a 5.53 ERA 27 2/3 innings, but posted a 2-1 record with a 2.27 ERA in 71 1/3 innings in 2008.
Manny trying to find rhythm at plate
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez homered on Monday, his only hit in the Dodgers' wild 5-4 win over the D-backs.
Ramirez's batting average after missing 14 games on the disabled list with a strained calf is at .200 (12-for-60), dating to May 8. He did not appear happy with his swings in the batting cage Tuesday, slapping and talking to the bat after finishing his swings more than once.
"It's a rhythm thing, it's timing," manager Joe Torre said.
Matt Kemp has been picking up the slack. He's on a six-game hit streak and leads the National League with 42 runs scored and is second in the league with 106 total bases. He was 3-for-4 with a double, RBI, stolen base and a strikeout on Monday.
Andre Ethier missed two weeks and was 0-for-4 in his debut from the disabled list Monday night.
"Ethier will probably be a couple days," manager Joe Torre said. "It looked yesterday like he tried to pull a lot of balls. All that's a timing thing. Manny and Ethier in the middle of the lineup, hopefully Matt can reap the rewards of that. Yesterday he had a good day. When it's four guys to share the load, it doesn't fall on one guy and eases up the pressure a little bit."
Torre said he didn't think Ramirez's virtual silence to the media and the fact that he's in his free-agent year are affecting his play or clubhouse presence.
"When he come on board a couple years ago, it was a lot more bells and whistles," Torre said. "It's the same relationship with players from what I get ... it's all about what we can accomplish together while we're together."
Younger players sniffing their first major contract are more likely to let it get under their skin than veterans, Torre said.
DeWitt takes seat in favor of Carroll
LOS ANGELES -- Blake DeWitt, 0-for-10 with five strikeouts in his career against D-backs starter Dan Haren, was replaced in the lineup Tuesday night by Jamey Carroll.
The Dodgers play a 12:10 p.m. PT game on Wednesday and Manny Ramirez will likely rest, manager Joe Torre said. Others could get the day off, but that'll be a decision for Wednesday.
"Everybody else, I'm going to have to check on," Torre said. "Russell [Martin], we'll see how rough it is tonight."
Dodgers to honor Lima on Sunday
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will celebrate the life of the late Jose Lima at Dodger Stadium on Sunday during one of the team's Viva Los Dodgers days, prior to a 1:10 p.m. PT game with the Braves.
Lima, a 13-year pitcher in the big leagues who led the Dodgers to the playoffs in 2004, passed away at 37 on May 23 and was honored this past weekend in his hometown of Santiago in the Dominican Republic.
Lima, a musician as well as a ballplayer, had performed on a Viva Los Dodgers day in 2004 and was planning to again this season. Lima's longtime friend and the bandleader of L.A.'s Conjunto Amistad, Johnny Polanco will perform a set on Sunday, followed by Estrellas de Tuzantla. Polanco has performed with notable musicians, ranging from Prince to Tito Puente Jr.
Several of Lima's friends and family members will recount stories of his life while fans will be encouraged to sign a book of memories for his family.
Before the game, a rendition of the national anthem and "God Bless America" that Lima performed in 2004 will be shown on DodgerVision. There will be an in-game video tribute to the animated right-hander, and Lima's son, Jose Jr., is expected to throw out the first pitch.
Viva Los Dodgers days, presented by State Farm, take place every Sunday of a Dodgers homestand in Lot 6. Auto gates open at 11 a.m., Estrellas de Tuzantla will perform at 11:15 a.m., and Johnny Polanco and Conjunto Amistad will take the stage at 12:15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advanced at dodgers.com or losdodgers.com or by telephone at 1-866-DODGERS.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.