Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Vicente Padilla is recovering in Managua, Nicaragua, from a bullet wound in his leg after a target- shooting instructor accidentally shot him.
Dr. Eduardo Reguera said Padilla, who signed with the Dodgers in August, didn’t need surgery after spending time at Managua’s Metropolitan Hospital.
Police spokesman Vilma Reyes said Wednesday that Padilla’s pistol apparently jammed during a target shooting session Tuesday.
Padilla handed the pistol to a shooting instructor, a former police captain, who didn’t realize there was a bullet in the chamber and shot himself in his hand, Padilla’s legal adviser Roberto Calderon told The Associated Press. The bullet also grazed Padilla’s leg.
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The account contradicts Padilla’s agent, Adam Katz, who told The Los Angeles Times that it was a “hunting accident.”
Padilla went 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA for the Dodgers the final two months of the regular season.
From the operating room
Chicago Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly, one of the team’s most consistent starters the last three seasons, had surgery on his left shoulder.
The Cubs said the one-hour procedure performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles revealed no major damage.
Lilly said he was told initially he might not be able to start throwing for four months, depending on how well he progresses.
Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge had surgery on both knees in Detroit to repair the patellar tendon in both knees. He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
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