Injured Kuroda Out of First Round

Starter Hiroki Kuroda has a herniation of his cervical spine and will not pitch in the first round of the playoffs, Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Friday. Torre said Vicente Padilla will start Sunday’s regular-season finale and will be considered for the starting rotation for the first round of playoffs. He said Chad Billingsley and Jon Garland remain in the mix for the four starters and no decision on who joins Randy Wolf and Clayton Kershaw will be made until an opponent is determined. Kuroda last pitched Monday in Pittsburgh, allowing seven runs, but didn’t complain about neck pain until running in the outfield Tuesday in San Diego. — Ken Gurnick


  1. dodgersdigital

    Move your finger off that panic button…and cross it with the finger next to it.

    Padilla. Not Billingsley. At least we’re getting our prorated Major League minimum’s worth.

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