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Vicente Padilla to Join the Dodgers

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Jayson Stark of ESPN.com is reporting that the Dodgers have signed former Texas Rangers starter Vicente Padilla to a minor league contract. Padilla will get a minor league start with the Albuquerque Isotopes and could be brought to pitch next Thursday. Padilla's last start was on August 5 with the Rangers who released him this week. Padilla is 8-6 this season with a 4.92 ERA. Known for being a troublesome character in the clubhouse during his tenure with the Rangers, Padilla was diagnosed earlier this season with swine flu. Torre said a couple of weeks ago he has managed difficult personalities in the past. We'll see how this goes.