Dodgers' Vicente Padilla, Marcus Thames Begin Rehab Assignments Sunday

The Dodgers have had 12 different players make 15 trips to the disabled list this season, though the team is slowly but surely getting healthier. Casey Blake was activated from the disabled list before Friday's game with Florida, reducing the current number of disabled Dodgers to seven. In addition, reliever Vicente Padilla and outfielder Marcus Thames will begin rehabilitation assignments on Sunday.

Padilla, who has been sidelined since May 14 with right radial nerve irritation in his forearm, will pitch on Sunday for the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. The exact plan for his rehab hasn't yet been determined, but Padilla is expected to pitch at least one more game after tomorrow, likely Monday or Tuesday.

Thames, who has been out since May 3 with a right quad strain, will begin a rehab assignment Sunday with the Triple A Albuqerque Isotopes. Thames, who has two pinch hit home runs this season, will need a lengthy rehab assignment to get enough at-bats to get his timing down, said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

Relief pitcher Blake Hawksworth, who pitched two games in a rehab assignment earlier this week, was eligible to be activated on Friday, but an MRI revealed a hip injury that will require him to miss a few more weeks.

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised on Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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