By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to be without Vicente Padilla when the season starts.
The Dodgers received the news today that Padilla has to undergo surgery on his right elbow tomorrow. He is expected to miss anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
The timetable for his return is uncertain, because this is not a usual surgery. The surgery will remove a nerve that has trapped a muscle.
“I don’t want to talk about it until we get more medical information,” manager Don Mattingly said.
What Padilla is going through its called the Ulnar nerve entrapment. It’s also called cubital tunnel syndrome or ulnar tunnel syndrome. It causes numbnessm tingling, or pain in the arm and certain fingers. Compression or irritation of the ulnar nerve is what causes this problem.
Padilla, who spent his first full season in Los Angeles after being acquired in a trade from the Texas Rangers in 2009, went 6-5 with a 4.07 ERA in 2010. He also made 16 starts with the Dodgers with one complete game and one shutout.
He also allowed 14 home runs and 43 earned runs (46 overall) in 95 innings. He also had 84 strikeouts and 24 walks.
The 16 starts are the fewest in his career. His previous low for a season was 20 when he made 20 starts for the Philadelphia Phillies as a 26-year-old. He went 7-7 with a 4.53 ERA over 115 1/3 innings.
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