SAN DIEGO -- The Padres placed infielder Oscar Salazar on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's series finale against the Marlins at PETCO Park with a strained right Achilles tendon, a move that makes room for newly acquired outfielder Ryan Ludwick on the 25-man roster.Salazar, who has primarily been used as a pinch-hitter this season, is batting .237 in 71 games with two home runs, 18 RBIs and 16 runs scored. However, he has thrived in key situations for the Padres, as he posts a .342 clip with runners in scoring position and has 10 pinch-hit RBIs, which is tied for second in the National League with Atlanta's Brooks Conrad. Ludwick was in uniform for Sunday's contest but was a late scratch from the starting lineup. Padres manager Bud Black said prior to the game that Ludwick would start in right and bat fourth, but Will Venable was slotted in right instead when the lineup card was posted about an hour later. Ludwick is coming off a calf injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list from June 26 through July 24, so the Friars wanted to monitor his calf, though Ludwick said he was available to pinch-hit.
Blanks back in clubhouse after surgery
SAN DIEGO -- Kyle Blanks was back in the Padres clubhouse on Sunday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Friday and said he was satisfied with how the procedure went.Blanks, who first went on the disabled list with a sore elbow on May 20 (retroactive to May 18), had his arm in a sling and an ace bandage around his left leg, as the surgery involved replacing a ligament in his elbow with a tendon in his hamstring. "It went fine," Blanks said of the surgery. "It's not as bad as I thought. It's just a matter of those small luxuries -- some little movements in my leg hurt, but it feels a lot better than yesterday." Blanks' expects to get a brace for his elbow on Monday. The expected recovery time for the injury is between seven and 10 months, which means he will miss Spring Training and part of the 2011 season.
Gonzalez honored for 'Heart and Hustle'
SAN DIEGO -- Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was honored for his work both on and off the field prior to Sunday's game against the Marlins at PETCO Park when he was named a preliminary winner of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Heart and Hustle Award.Gonzalez , who is a three-time All-Star for the Padres and known for his community service in San Diego, was selected for the award by committees assembled by the Players' Association that chose players who embody the values, spirit, tradition and work ethic of baseball. "Our responsibility as ballplayers is to be out in the community," Gonzalez said. "I understand a lot of people don't play for the city they grew up in, so it makes it a little bit tougher, but for me, in my situation, it's a no-brainer. I always want to give back and do whatever I can to help the community." One honoree was selected from each team, and active members and Alumni of the MLBPAA will vote on a final winner among the team recipients toward the end of the season. The winner will be announced in November at the 11th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. Past winners include current Padres veteran David Eckstein when he was a member of the Cardinals in 2005, Craig Biggio (2006 and 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008) and Albert Pujols (2009).
Gina Mizell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.