The San Diego Padres got another dose of bad news, Friday. They placed starting pitcher Chris Young on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Jun. 15.
The 6'10" right-hander joins teammate and Padres' ace Jake Peavy on the DL. Peavy, however, could be out much longer, with some estimating an an August return.
Padres' general manager Kevin Towers told MLB.com that Young has a right shoulder strain. Young claims to have been feeling discomfort throughout his previous few outings, but felt even more pain after a start last Sunday against the Angels.
He has been trying to shake the inflammation with a decrease in off-day workouts but hasn't been able to find any relief. Thus far in '09, Young is 4-6 with a 5.21 ERA.
The Padres recalled 24-year old LHP Wade LeBlanc from triple-A Portland to fill the roster spot. LeBlanc appeared in five games for the Padres last season, making four starts and notching a record of 1-3 with a 8.02 ERA. This year, he has rebounded a bit in triple-A, where he has struck out 47 and walked just 17.
LeBlanc is scheduled to start Friday night against the Oakland A's. Fortunately, the game is at home in PETCO Park, which will aid the flyball-pitcher.