Padilla nears return to Dodgers' rotation
If Sunday rehab stint goes well, righty could start June 19
LOS ANGELES -- If all goes well in Vicente Padilla's scheduled rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque in Oklahoma City on Sunday, Padilla will likely start for the Dodgers against the Red Sox on June 19 in Boston.
Sunday is Padilla's third rehab start after he allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings for Class A Inland Empire on Tuesday. Sunday would be Padilla's first rehab start above Class A.
Padilla is scheduled to spend Sunday night in Oklahoma City then join the Dodgers on Monday in Cincinnati.
"We'll see what it looks like when he comes in there and how he felt," manager Joe Torre said. "We expressed, or at least I expressed to him to be sure we're 100 percent ready to go."
Padilla has been on the disabled list since April 23 with a nerve injury in his pitching arm.
After Monday's off-day, the Dodgers rotation will likely kick off with Hiroki Kuroda on Tuesday, then Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday, Torre said.
Torre looks to work Sherrill back slowly
LOS ANGELES -- If possible, the Dodgers would rather use George Sherrill in the sixth or seventh inning before using him in a pressure situation, manager Joe Torre said Friday.
Sherrill (0-1, 7.36 ERA) came off the disabled list Tuesday and hasn't pitched since May 23 after landing on the disabled list with back tightness. Torre didn't use Sherrill on Tuesday or Wednesday in a pair of one-run wins over the Cardinals before Thursday's off-day. Sherrill has walked 15 batters, five more than he's struck out in 22 appearances.
"Let's put it this way, I think in a tight situation I wouldn't be afraid to use him," Torre said. "I think if that spot comes up in the sixth inning, seventh inning that would probably be a spot I'd rather use him than maybe in the eighth inning, to start with."
Torre said how many left-handers were coming to bat would also dictate when he uses Sherrill.
Dodgers sign Calero to Minors deal
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have sent left-hander Brent Leach from Triple-A Albuquerque to Double-A Chattanooga to continue his conversion to starter and signed former Major League pitcher Kiko Calero to bolster their bullpen depth.
Leach had been a reliever, but the club believes with his four-pitch repertoire he might be able to make the switch. Calero started the season at Triple-A Buffalo in the Mets organization but was released on May 16 after going 2-0 with a 10.59 ERA in 10 games. He spent most of last season in the big leagues with Florida.
The Dodgers also promoted Alberto Bastardo from Chattanooga to take Leach's place in the rotation and placed Scott Elbert on the temporary inactive list as he attends to a family matter.
Dodgers sign four picks from Draft
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers signed four of their picks from this week's First-Year Player Draft, all of them college players, led by fifth-round choice Jacob Lemmerman, a shortstop from Duke.
Also signing were 13th-round pick Jesse Bosnik, a shortstop from Saint Bonaventure University; 14th-round pick Alex McRee, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Georgia; and 28th-round pick Mike Drowne, a center fielder from Sacred Heart University.
The Dodgers spent their first-round pick (28th overall) on Texas high school two-sport star Zachary Lee, who has given every indication he will play baseball and football at Louisiana State and not sign. If the Dodgers do not sign Lee by Aug. 16, they will receive a compensation pick next year at No. 29 overall.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.