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Padilla out for season, but Broxton on way back

Posted on: June 18, 2011 12:10 am
 
By Matt Snyder

The 2011 season has been one chock full of disaster for the Dodgers, so it's not surprising that two instances of good news are slightly negated by one item of bad news. Right now seems like one of those times where I ask if you want the good news or the bad news first. Since this isn't really interactive, we'll get the bad news out of the way.

One-time closer Vicente Padilla is likely out for the season after having surgery to fuse some vertebrae in his neck (MLB.com). He managed just 8 2/3 innings for the Dodgers this year, but did mix in three saves.

As for the good news, former -- and likely future -- closer Jonathan Broxton appears to be making progress. He's been on the DL since May 4 and wasn't even healthy in the few weeks leading up to that. He's ready to go out on a minor-league rehab assignment on the Dodgers expect him back before July.

Broxton, 27, is a two-time All-Star and was regarded as one of the best closers in baseball for a short time period. He dealt with inconsistency in 2010 and was pretty awful before hitting the DL this season. He has a 5.68 ERA and 1.90 WHIP in 12 2/3 innings for 2011 thus far. If he can come back fully healthy, though, his stuff is too good for him to not become effective again.

Meanwhile, Hong-Chih Kuo, who hasn't thrown since May 9 due to anxiety disorder, is feeling like he's ready to get back on the hill.

"I'm more excited than nervous, so that's a good sign," he told Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.

When Kuo's right in the head, he's a great weapon from the bullpen. In 2009, he had a 2.14 ERA in 80 innings. In 2010, he had a 1.20 ERA and 12 saves in 60 innings. He's struck out 10.6 hitters per nine innings throughout his career. It's seemingly just a matter of him being mentally balanced when on the mound.

So, to sum up, Padilla's done, but Broxton and Kuo are likely coming back soon. The Dodgers have had a heck of a time figuring out who to use in the late innings, so getting the two back might provide some semblance of stability by the All-Star break.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Padilla out for season, but Broxton on way back

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Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2011 10:03 am
 

Padilla out for season, but Broxton on way back

Kenley Jansen has command issues but seems to have the best stuff in that bullpen.


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