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05/30/10 8:31 PM ET

Torrealba leaving Padres for three days

Catcher going on restricted list for 'personal matters'

SAN DIEGO -- Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba will be placed on the restricted list on Monday and will be away from the team for three days as he attends to what manager Bud Black called "personal matters."

Torrealba started in the Padres' 3-2 victory over the Nationals in 11 innings on Sunday. He went 1-for-5 and threw out Ian Desmond on a steal attempt.

The Padres will officially add catcher Dusty Ryan to the roster before the start of their game Monday against the New York Mets at PETCO Park.

Ryan is hitting .118 with Triple-A Portland and had three home runs and eight RBIs in 35 games.

Ryan was first-year general manager Jed Hoyer's first acquisition. The Padres obtained him from the Detroit Tigers on Dec. 21 for cash or a player to be named later.

Latos, Hundley develop effective chemistry

SAN DIEGO -- It's not a situation where Padres catcher Nick Hundley is essentially the personal catcher for 22-year-old pitcher Mat Latos, though manager Bud Black likes the chemistry between the two.

"They've been working well together," Black said.

Hundley has been behind the plate for seven of Latos' past 10 starts, including the Padres' 4-2 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

In the past six of those seven starts, Latos is 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA, including when he took a perfect game into the sixth inning of a start against the Giants on May 13 before settling on a one-hit shutout.

"We both have the same goals in mind ... we've just kind of been on the same page," Hundley said. "I thought last year we had good chemistry, we worked well together and it just kind of grows from there."

"That's the biggest thing, just knowing what he's comfortable doing. It's my job to put him in the position to be comfortable. If I ask him to do things in big situations that he's not comfortable doing, that's my fault. I've got to really learn what makes him tick and put him in the best possible position to succeed."

The feeling is mutual from where Latos -- who is 5-3 with a 3.08 ERA -- stands.

"We keep it loose in the clubhouse and we really talk a lot," Latos said of Hundley. "We watch hitters, watch video, and over time just with being around him so much, it kind of just builds chemistry together.

"We don't really have to work at it. Just being around him and getting along so great and with wanting to go out and compete on a day-to-day basis and talking about hitters, it just kind of gradually progresses."

Stauffer close to starting rehab stint

SAN DIEGO -- Padres reliever Tim Stauffer, who was valuable the first five weeks of the season in long relief, will throw his third bullpen session Monday afternoon as he continues to work his way back from an emergency appendectomy on May 11.

San Diego manager Bud Black said on Sunday that Stauffer could be sent out on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment sometime next week.

"Nothing established yet, but we're getting close to getting him out pitching," Black said. "He feels good. It [length of rehabilitation] depends on where we want to build him up to. You never know how these things are going to work out."

Because the Padres had used Stauffer in a long-relief role, it's assumed they will want to build up his endurance to the point where he can throw 60-70 pitches in one outing. That might require a handful of starts.

But, as Black said, "I don't suspect we'll keep him down for five starts."

Stauffer, who is 2-1 with a 0.39 ERA in 10 games, had an emergency appendectomy on May 11 when the Padres were playing in San Francisco.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.