Today’s Dodgers Lineups

At Giants:

Gwynn, CF; Carroll, SS; Loney, 1B; Barajas, C; Thames, DH; Paul, LF; Kapler, RF, DeJesus, 2B; Denker, 3B.

At Angels:

Hoffman, CF; Navarro, C; Ethier, RF; Kemp, CF; Gibbons, DH; Mitchell, 3B; Sands, 1B; Sellers, 2B; Castro, SS. 

Padilla Surgery Goes Well

Pitcher Vicente Padilla could be throwing in three to four weeks after undergoing surgery Thursday to release an entrapped radial nerve in his throwing arm. Doctors found what they expected in the brief operation, making a small incision to release the nerve from a muscle. Padilla, who had the surgery in Los Angeles, will return to the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex Friday to begin his rehab. Padilla has been bothered by the nerve for years and missed two months last year after bruising the nerve. – Ken Gurnick

Throwback Voting Ends Thursday

Fan voting ends Thursday for the Brooklyn uniform the Dodgers will wear in six Throwback home games this year. Fans can vote for one of three uniforms — the 1911 road uniform, the 1931 road uniform and the 1940s alternate road uniform. To vote, click http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/fan_forum/throwback.jsp.

Ken Gurnick

Yeager a Guest Instructor

Steve Yeager, a Dodgers catcher for 14 of his 15 Major League seasons, is in camp as a guest catching instructor. Yeager previously served as a hitting coach in the Dodgers’ Minor League system. – Ken Gurnick

Lindsey, Mitchell Triple-A All-Stars

John Lindsey and Russell Mitchell were named to the Topps Triple-A All-Star team. Lindsey led Triple-A with a .353 batting average and .657 slugging percentage, which earned him a first Major League call-up after 16 Minor League seasons. Mitchell led Pacific Coast League third basemen with a .958 fielding percentage and was in the league top 10 for average, runs, hits and extra-base hits. He also received a september call-up. — Ken Gurnick

Batting Order Juggled

Manager Joe Torre has juggled the batting order for Monday night’s game in San Diego, moving James Loney and Casey Blake up to third and fourth, while moving Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp down to fifth and sixth. – Ken Gurnick

Dodgers Sign Ethier’s Brother

The Dodgers signed Devon Ethier, the 20-year-old brother of All-Star outfielder Andre Ethier. Devon Ethier is also an outfielder, taken in the 32nd round of the June First Year Player Draft. He played at Gateway Junior College in Arizona, where he hit .315 and stole 21 bases. He bats right-handed. – Ken Gurnick

Castro Return Historic

Juan Castro, re-signed to replace the injured Rafael Furcal, is the only player in franchise history to serve three separate stints in the organization after departing and playing for another Major League team each time. Giovanni Carrera did leave the organization twice and re-sign, but didn’t make it to the Major Leagues with another club between his stints in 2005 and 2006. – Ken Gurnick 

 

 

Interest in Guillen Lukewarm

Dodgers interest in Kansas City outfielder Jose Guillen is believed to be lukewarm at best, despite an Internet report that the interest was strong. Guillen was designated for assignment last week and the Dodgers have no interest in trading for him and picking up any of the remaining $4 million he’s owed, even though the Giants are rumored to be after Guillen.

The Dodgers might get involved if and when Guillen becomes a free agent, especially if Manny Ramirez’s calf injury continues to linger.

There is baggage that comes with Guillern, who has worn out his welcome with seven clubs. Of course, the same was said for Vicente Padilla a year ago, but he’s turned into one of their best acquisitions in recent years. – Ken Gurnick

Dodgers Acquire Podsednik

The Dodgers made a deal Wednesday and not for a pitcher, acquiring former All-Star outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Kansas City Royals for two Minor Leaguers, catcher Lucas May and pitcher Elisaul Pimental, according to baseball sources. – Ken Gurnick

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