04/18/11 9:49 PM ET
Padilla could return after Tuesday rehab outing
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Manager Don Mattingly said Padilla is ready for another one-inning outing after the one Sunday, when he allowed one run on two hits with a walk and strikeout for Class A Rancho Cucamonga. It was his first game action since undergoing Feb. 24 surgery to free an entrapped radial nerve in his right forearm.
"Tomorrow tells us a lot," Mattingly said, an indication that Padilla could join the Dodgers' bullpen for the upcoming trip that starts Friday in Chicago against the Cubs.
Mattingly said outfielder Jay Gibbons is having continued vision problems and was scheduled to see another specialist Monday. Apparently, he is not close to returning. Neither is disabled catcher Hector Gimenez, who returned from Camelback Ranch in Arizona for another MRI of his right knee.
Disabled backup catcher Dioner Navarro, out since Spring Training with a torn right oblique muscle, will begin a Minor League rehab assignment Tuesday night for Double-A Chattanooga.
Apparently, the location was chosen so Navarro can more easily rejoin the club on the next trip, which begins Friday in Chicago for a three-game series against the Cubs and moves to Florida on Monday for a three-game series with the Marlins.
The Dodgers also have promoted first baseman Corey Smith from Chattanooga to Triple-A Albuquerque and assigned outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez to Chattanooga.
Kuo begins rehab with first throwing session
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo began rehab from another case of the yips on Monday morning with his first throwing session since being placed on the disabled list Friday.
Kuo is officially sidelined by a strained lower left back, and while he has had back issues, his primary problem now is a loss of certain motor skills that is part physical and part mental. It's often used by golfers to explain shaky putting, but has been adapted in baseball for players who suddenly can't control throws.
The condition can be triggered by injury, although the actual cause or cure is essentially a mystery.
The Dodgers are cautiously optimistic that Kuo's recovery this time will be much shorter than the three months he was out in 2009, because his current control problems are not nearly as severe as they were then. But they are serious enough that management felt he couldn't be relied upon in game situations.
The 29-year-old Kuo has not been at Dodger Stadium for batting practice or games since Thursday, when he discounted injury as an explanation for his wildness.
"It's not because of my elbow, my shoulder or my back," Kuo told the Los Angeles Times. "I just have to make a pitch."
In his last outing, Wednesday night in San Francisco, Kuo's fastball was consistently clocked at 93-94 mph. But on Friday, his pickoff throws during pitcher's fielding practice were wild. He tried to warm up in the bullpen during the eighth inning of the Dodgers' blowout loss that night, but he was unable to throw strikes.
Kuo has been in the organization longer than anyone else on the roster. He's survived five Dodgers managers, five general managers and two owners. Signed out of Taiwan at age 17, he struck out seven of the first 10 batters in his professional debut and also blew out his elbow, leading to the first of two Tommy John operations.
After his second operation, he had to be talked out of retirement by teammates Darren Dreifort and Eric Gagne and Acey Kohrogi, executive director of Asian operations. He has had four operations on his elbow.
Opponents to join Dodgers in throwback garb
LOS ANGELES -- Opponents will join the Dodgers in wearing throwback uniforms for mid-week day games at Dodger Stadium this year, beginning with the Braves this Thursday.
The Dodgers had earlier announced they would wear 1940s uniforms at six mid-week day games. Thursday's game marks the anniversary of the Dodgers franchise's first victory, which also came against the Braves, and took place in 1890.
The Cubs will wear their throwback jerseys at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, May 4; the Reds on Wednesday, June 15; the Tigers on Wednesday, June 22; and the Padres on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
The Dodgers' game-worn, autographed throwback jerseys will be auctioned off to benefit the Dodgers Dream Foundation.
Each of the Dodgers' mid-week day games will feature half-priced food and soft drinks, with a special half-priced ticket plan available for fans who want to attend each of the games. Details on the special "Throwback Six-Pack Plan" are available at www.dodgers.com/throwback.
The 1940s jersey was the winner of a fan vote deciding which retro jersey the Dodgers would wear this season. Nearly 50,000 votes were cast at dodgers.com with the winning uniform edging out the 1911 road uniform by fewer than 2,000 votes.
The last time the Dodgers wore a throwback uniform was June 23, 2007, in Tampa Bay as part of a "Turn Back the Clock Night" honoring former Dodgers player and Rays adviser Don Zimmer. That night, the Dodgers wore replica 1955 Brooklyn road uniforms.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.