The Padres have lost another starting pitcher to injury. Not even slated to be a starter at the beginning of the
season, Anthony Bass was thrust into the role due to the sheer number of injuries to the Padres’ pitching staff. Once he found his way to the rotation though, Bass was solid. Unfortunately for him and the Padres, he was place on the disabled list yesterday with shoulder inflammation.
Bass had to leave his last start due to shoulder inflammation, and the team was waiting to see how he reacted to treatment before making the decision to place him on the disabled list. Now that the move has been made, the club will be looking for pitching help. According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune, the Padres will be promoting another pitcher from within the organization to start Tuesday.
Bass was 2-7 with a deceiving 4.77 ERA in 14 starts this year prior to hitting the DL. He was good in some starts, but when he was bad, he got knocked around, which led to his inflated ERA. As a starter, Bass is actually striking out more and walking fewer batters than when he was pitching out of the bullpen last season.
So far this year, the Padres have placed 17 players on the disabled list, the majority of which have been pitchers. They are struggling this season as would be expected. They’ve been hovering at around 20-21 games under .500 for the last couple of weeks and are currently 26-47 in the National League West.
Unlike some of the other injuries to pitchers this season (specifically Micah Owings, Tim Stauffer, and Cory Luebke), the Bass injury is not thought to be serious enough to warrant more than a 15-day DL stint. With Owings, Stauffer, and Luebke, they all started on the 15-day DL and had to eventually be transferred to the 60-day DL.
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