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Dodgers activate Vicente Padilla

Updated: April 22, 2011, 7:28 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

CHICAGO -- As expected, the Los Angeles Dodgers activated veteran right-hander Vicente Padilla from the 15-day disabled list for the first time this season before Friday's game with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Padilla, who had been sidelined since undergoing surgery in February to free a nerve trapped under a muscle in his right forearm, made two rehabilitation appearances this week at Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

Because the Dodgers have five established starters and ...

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