Vicente Padilla hopes his teammates have another power surge left.
Since returning from a triceps tendinitis injury, Padilla has lost all four of his starts. The 27-year-old right-hander gave up four runs and eight hits over 4 1-3 innings in a 7-5 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is happy with Padilla’s progress despite his record.
“I think Padilla had better stuff, had a better fastball,” Manuel said Thursday. “Every game, he seems to be getting better. I think when we get his arm strength up, when we get his work up, he’s going to be OK.”
Padilla, who missed two months in 2004 with the same injury, has given up 18 runs in 15 1-3 innings. However, he’s 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in four career starts against Milwaukee.
Teammate Randy Wolf was also struggling before Philadelphia backed him with four home runs in a Monday’s 4-2 win.
“Home runs are part of the game,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “You just don’t want to give them up in great measure, that’s for sure.”
Philadelphia, which has only 28 homers in 33 games, improved to 4-4 on its current 10-game road trip.
Overbay, who missed Monday’s game due to a hamstring injury, was hitting .529 (9-for-17) with two home runs and eight RBIs in seven games before getting hurt against the Mets on Sunday.
Yost said Overbay’s injury wasn’t a strain or a pull but the team felt a day off would do him some good. He’s expected to play on Tuesday.
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