03/18/09 7:59 PM ET
Elbow to sideline Worrell indefinitely
Reliever complains of soreness Tuesday, to undergo further tests
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
Manager Bud Black said that right-handed reliever Mark Worrell, expected to make the team as a late-inning specialist, will be sidelined indefinitely with soreness in his elbow.
"He came out of the game yesterday [Tuesday] with soreness," Black said. "We're going to let it quiet down. We might possibly do some further tests."
Worrell returned to San Diego to be examined by team doctors and Black later said, "It doesn't look great."
The reliever struck out one batter in working a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's loss to the Angels in Peoria. He complained of soreness afterwards, the second time he's done so in recent weeks.
"He felt a little soreness in his last start, we held him back, he got treatment and then yesterday, it intensified," Black said.
Worrell, obtained in the offseason from the Cardinals for Khalil Greene, had a 4.15 ERA in four games. He struck out five and walked two in 4 1/3 innings.
Worrell, a sidearm pitcher, came to camp with the kind of profile the Padres were looking for in a late-inning specialist. He has a career 2.93 ERA in the Minor Leagues with 329 strikeouts in 280 innings.
Also, starting pitcher Chris Young was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday with tendinitis in his right elbow. Young goes through similar soreness each spring and it usually rectifies itself by the time the team breaks camp.
Black said Young will likely make his next start on March 23 against Kansas City in a game that will be played in Peoria.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.