The San Diego Padres have placed starting pitcher Tim Stauffer on their 15-day disabled list. Stauffer, the Padres 2011 Opening Day starter, has been dealing with a strained right triceps for the past week. San Diego was holding out hope that Stauffer would be able to avoid a trip to the DL, but as of yesterday the club could tell that he still wasn’t ready to go. To fill Stauffer’s roster spot, the Padres have recalled reliever Brad Brach.
San Diego has officially termed Stauffer’s injury a strained right elbow. The ailment first arose following Stauffer’s March 26 spring training start against the Chicago Cubs. Stauffer complained of elbow soreness, but went on to make another start five days later. During this outing against the Milwaukee Brewers, Stauffer surrendered six runs over five innings of work and his velocity was noticeably down.
The Padres training staff believe the elbow will heal itself with time off and therapy. Stauffer is eligible to return from the disabled list on the 19th of April.
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