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07/09/09 1:47 AM ET
Padilla OK after barehanding comebacker
Rangers right-hander forced to leave in seventh Wednesday
By Quinn Roberts / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Rangers right-hander Vicente Padilla left Wednesday's 8-1 victory over the Angels with a bruised right palm after attempting to barehand a one-hopper up the middle in the seventh inning. However, after the game, Rangers manager Ron Washington said Padilla was fine and would not miss any of his upcoming starts after the All-Star break. "He is fine. The ball just caught him in his palm," Washington said. "It started turning a little black and blue, so we got him out of there." Leading off the inning, Angels second baseman Howard Kendrick hit a ground ball up the middle when Padilla reached out to field the ball with his pitching hand. "It is OK," said Padilla. "It just hurts a little." Before the injury, Padilla threw six solid innings, giving up one run on eight hits and only allowing one walk on four strikeouts. The righty was on the disabled list earlier this season with inflammation to his right shoulder, something that pushed his start back to Wednesday when the inflammation reoccurred. Padilla was originally scheduled to start Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. With the win Wednesday, Padilla moved to 7-4 with a 4.53 ERA.
Quinn Roberts is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.