Padilla's spot on the pitching staff is expected to be filled by the recall of right-handed reliever Jon Link. Manager Joe Torre said he did not know who would take Padilla's scheduled start Tuesday night in New York. Swingman Jeff Weaver would be a natural choice, but he was placed on the disabled list two days earlier with a mild back strain.
Triple-A right-hander James McDonald is on the disabled list at Albuquerque and unavailable. Left-hander Scott Elbert, Josh Towers and Josh Lindblom are possibilities but Towers and Lindblom are not on the 40-man roster and a spot would have to be made for them.
Padilla underwent an X-ray that did not reveal the cause of his discomfort and will have an MRI on Monday in New York. Padilla had some tightness during Spring Training, but before the opener in Pittsburgh said it had gone away. He signed for $5.025 million as a free agent, said he has not had similar problems until this year.
Padilla said he started to feel discomfort when pitching in Cincinnati on Thursday. The pain first appeared in the fifth inning and worsened as he waited for the Dodgers to finish hitting in the sixth. "I can't even throw right now," Padilla said.
Torre said Link would be brought up at least temporarily, although the club must receive permission for Link to replace an injured pitcher. Otherwise, he has not spent the necessary 10 days in the Minor Leagues after being optioned April 20.
"I thought he had his best stuff the other day, but he said he felt it coming out of the game," Torre said of Padilla, who is 1-1 with a 7.06 ERA after allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings in Cincinnati.