Dodgers ready to activate Padilla

Updated: June 15, 2010, 7:37 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

CINCINNATI -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre said it was a fairly easy decision to activate pitcher Vicente Padilla -- a move that probably won't officially be made until just before game time Saturday -- after meeting with the right-hander, who had been on the DL since April 24 because of a nerve problem at the top of his right forearm.

Padilla was roughed up in his final rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Albuquerque, but he said Tuesday he was happy with the way he was throwing the ball.

"I was throwing strikes," Padilla said through interpreter Kenji Nimura. "My arm feels fine. I think I'm ready to pitch."

Ethier in line as All-Star

Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier remained in line for a starting spot in the July 13 All-Star Game at Angel Stadium in the latest National League balloting released Tuesday. Ethier still is third among NL outfielders with 1,348,662 votes, with Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth fourth at 1,124,831 -- a gap that could be easily closed in the time remaining before balloting ends.

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers leads all NL outfielders with 1,422,598 votes, followed by rookie Jason Heyward of the Atlanta Braves with 1,419,753.

In-stadium balloting will end June 23, but fans can continue to cast ballots at MLB.com and at the official websites of all 30 clubs through July 1.

Draft news

The Dodgers have signed six additional draft picks. They include eighth-rounder Michael Dean, a first baseman from Louisiana State University; ninth-rounder Steven Domecus, an outfielder from Virginia Tech; 23rd-rounder B.J. LaRosa, a catcher from Bucknell; 24th-rounder Andrew Edge, a catcher from Jacksonville State; 25th-rounder Jeremy Gilmore, an outfielder from Coastal Carolina; and 29th-rounder John Patterson, a right-hander from Southwestern Oklahoma State. The team has now signed 15 of its 50 draft picks but only one of the top five, fifth-rounder Jacob Lemmerman, a shortstop from Duke.

Additionally, the Dodgers have signed Fordham University catcher Angelo Ponte as an undrafted free agent.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Tony Jackson

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