Padilla to get MRI

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, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Vicente Padilla has been sent back to Los Angeles for an MRI exam after experiencing some pain in his elbow.

Padilla, Los Angeles' Opening Day starter a year ago, signed a one-year incentive-laden deal with the Dodgers this past winter after going 6-5 with a 4.07 earned run average in 16 starts for them a year ago.

However, his season was hampered by both neck and arm injuries. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the pain Padilla has now is similar to what he dealt with last year when he missed two months with nerve problems.

Los Angeles had planned to have the 33-year-old hurler pitch primarily out of the bullpen and also use him as a swing man in the event that a starter was injured. There was also a chance he could step into the closer's role should Jonathan Broxton struggle.

For his career, Padilla is 104-90 with a 4.31 ERA in 321 games (237 starts) for the Diamondbacks, Phillies, Rangers and Dodgers.


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