Padres Place Hawpe on DL

The San Diego Padres have placed outfielder Brad Hawpe on the 15 day disabled list with a strained middle finger on his right hand.  The move is retroactive to June 19th.

After an impressive showing of awfulness in April, in which Hawpe was never able to carry his average over the Mendoza Line, the 31 year old bounced back for a respectable May.  Last month Hawpe maintained a line of .303/.367/.506, with 4 home runs and 6 doubles.

In June, Hawpe reverted back to his original 2011 futileness.  Hawpe was only able to hit .205 with a single extra base hit in 13 games this month.

The injury originated June 12th and Hawpe was kept out of the Padres lineup until this Sunday, when the team was able to use him as its DH against Minnesota.  It was San Diego’s hope that keeping Hawpe off the field would allow him time to recover without a trip to the DL.

Hawpe started the year as the Padres’ everyday first baseman, but was transferred to the outfield when star prospect Anthony Rizzo was called up.