Padilla Shot; Garland Dropped

Although it sounds like a shootout, Vicente Padilla was treated for a minor self-inflicted gunshot wound in his right leg at a hospital in his native Nicaragua on November 3, his agent Adam Katz said. And Jon Garland's option was declined by the Dodgers and he will be a free agent.

Katz described the Padilla incident as a "hunting accident," saying that Padilla was grazed in his right thigh by a bullet. Katz said that Padilla spent 30 to 40 minutes at a hospital and was discharged.?

Today the Associated Press reported that he did not accidentally shoot himself during target practice in Nicaragua. Apparently, Padilla was wounded by his shooting instructor, a former police captain.

The AP says the instructor, while handing a jammed weapon by Padilla, accidentally shot himself in the hand, with the bullet then grazing Padilla's leg.

Padilla is expected to file for free agency in the coming weeks, but General Manager Ned Colletti said he has told Katz that the Dodgers are interested in re-signing the 32-year-old right-hander.?

? Garland's Option Declined
Jon Garland

In news of another Dodgers pitcher, Jon Garland's $10MM mutual option for 2010 was declined and, according to sources, the Diamondbacks will be playing the $2.5-million buyout.

Garland made six appearances totaling 36.1 innings during the regular season after coming to the Dodgers, with infielder Tony Abreu going to the Diamondbacks as the player to be named later.

Ken Gurnick of points out that the Dodgers cannot offer Garland salary arbitration or get draft-pick compensation for him.

Garland had five consecutive quality starts with a 1.91 ERA to begin his Dodger career, then allowed four earned runs in 3.1 innings against San Diego on Sept. 30, three days after his 30th birthday/ He was then surprisingly dropped from the rotation in favor of Vicente Padilla.