04/05/12 8:00 PM ET
Padres packed with Opening Day newcomers
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
Sore elbow lands Stauffer on DL
SAN DIEGO -- The plan Wednesday was for Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer to play some light catch at Petco Park to see if his strained right triceps had responded well to nearly a week of treatment.It was evident early on that Stauffer's arm wasn't right. "It didn't feel great," Stauffer said Thursday. "It wasn't where it needs to be. Obviously, it's frustrating and disappointing." On Thursday morning, hours before the Padres opened the regular season against the Dodgers at Petco Park, the team placed Stauffer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow. The team recalled reliever Brad Brach to take his place. "Maybe I could have pitched, but didn't want a big setback," Stauffer said. "We want to get it right and let it calm down. It wouldn't be fair for the team, going out there 60-70 percent." Stauffer, who was on target to be the Padres' starting pitcher on Opening Day, first complained about soreness in his elbow after a start on March 26 against the Cubs. Five days later, Stauffer allowed six earned runs in five innings against the Brewers, and his velocity was down. "We felt it was the right thing to do," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Our doctors think this thing will resolve itself with rest and therapy." After it was announced Sunday that Edinson Volquez would start the opener, it was determined that Stauffer would slide in as the Padres' No. 5 starter. Now, because he was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to April 4, he won't be available until April 19. The Padres won't need a fifth starter until April 14. There are two candidates on the staff who could fill in -- Anthony Bass and Micah Owings. The Padres -- who now have 39 players on their 40-man roster -- could always add a player or promote one from Triple-A Tucson.
Brach's hope for callup granted on Day 1
SAN DIEGO -- It was late Tuesday night when Padres manager Bud Black informed reliever Brad Brach that he wouldn't be on the Opening Day roster and instead would be headed to Triple-A Tucson.That's not all Black told him, though. "They said to just be ready and that they would need me at some point during the season," Brach said. The Padres didn't wait long. In fact, less than 24 hours later, Brach was told to turn his car around and get back to San Diego, as he was added to the 25-man roster after pitcher Tim Stauffer went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow. Brach didn't see it coming, and had he not waited until late Wednesday afternoon to leave San Diego -- he had to pick up his girlfriend from the airport -- he might have been further along in his drive, his 2006 Saturn Vue packed with his belongings. Brach, who posted a 1.69 ERA in 12 games this spring, said he smiled the entire trip back to San Diego. "I was thinking about it a lot [on the drive to Tucson], how disappointed I was," Brach said. "It's funny how one phone call could change that."