Vicente Padilla Happy To Be A Dodger, & Other Friday Notes

With 35 of the 36 pitchers and catchers in camp and accounted for -- you can read more on the only player absent, Ronald Belisario, here, here, or here -- thoughts in Glendale, Arizona turn to the other 24 players invited to big league camp. Position players aren't scheduled to report to Camelback Ranch until Monday, but several are already in camp.

Roster locks Rafael Furcal, James Loney, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier , Jamey Carroll, Tony Gwynn Jr., Marcus Thames, and Jay Gibbons are joined in camp by non-roster invitees Gabe Kapler, Russ Mitchell, Jamie Hoffmann, Trayvon Robinson, and Dee Gordon. Casey Blake, (real) wrestling fan, plans to report to camp on Sunday. He and his wife had their fifth child, a baby girl, this morning.

Yesterday there were a couple of profiles on Vicente Padilla, by both Ken Gurnick of MLB.com and Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. The plan is for Padilla to get work early in spring training as a starter, but then move into a relief role, where he will likely begin the season. Padilla, who has a boatload of contract incentives whether he starts or relieves, seems fine with either role. I enjoyed this excerpt from Hernandez:

As a free agent this winter, Padilla said he was approached by other clubs but never pursued those opportunities. He wanted to return to the organization that took a chance on him late in the 2009 season, when it recovered the reputed bad boy from the scrap heap and resurrected his career.

"I knew what the situation was," he said. "They told me I could start or I could relieve, but that was fine with me. I'm comfortable here."

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