04/14/12 9:15 PM ET
Blanks placed on DL with shoulder strain
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
The one they settled on was one they would have rather avoided, as outfielder Kyle Blanks landed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder.
It's the same shoulder that sidelined Blanks during the latter part of Spring Training, causing him to miss 11 days.
"The past couple of days, it started to flare up pretty good," Blanks said. "It's never fun. But figuring out what the real issue is and finding a clear solution for it is the biggest thing on my mind."
Blanks will return to San Diego on Sunday, though it was unclear to manager Bud Black if he'll have an MRI on the shoulder.
"In talking to our medical staff, they feel it's not where it was three or four weeks ago," Black said. "But we decided to err on the side of caution."
Blanks had one hit in five at-bats for the Padres. The decision to place him on the disabled list means the Padres will go, temporarily at least, with a 13-man pitching staff. However, that leaves Black with only a four-man bench.
It appears the Padres will activate outfielder Mark Kotsay on Monday when he's eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. At that point, the Padres likely will option a pitcher back to the Minor Leagues.
Maybin back in starting lineup after hit by pitch
LOS ANGELES -- Center fielder Cameron Maybin was back in the starting lineup on Saturday after leaving Friday's loss to the Dodgers in the seventh inning when he was hit just above his left elbow with a pitch.
"I got hit pretty good," said Maybin, who was plunked with a 93 mph fastball from Dodgers reliever Todd Coffey.
Good enough so that when Maybin tried to loosen up before his scheduled at-bat in the ninth inning, he couldn't get loose. That's when Padres manager Bud Black opted to pinch-hit Andy Parrino in Maybin's place.
"I didn't really know until two innings later when it kind of tightened up on me," Maybin said.
Three hours before Saturday's game, Maybin was out taking early batting practice to test the elbow. He took two rounds before declaring himself ready to play -- but not necessarily completely healthy.
"Good enough," he said. "That's all I'm looking for."
Maybin, who is hitting .226 with one home run and two RBIs in 31 at-bats, was back in the leadoff spot against the Dodgers on Saturday.
"It's a situation where I want to play," Maybin said. "I did my own treatment in my room [ice and self-massage]. I feel like I need to be in the lineup. I want to try and be out there and help as much as possible."
Strikeouts, walks key to Friday's 'crazy game'
LOS ANGELES -- San Diego manager Bud Black was on record when he referred to Friday's 9-8 loss to the Dodgers as "a crazy game."
After all, the Padres hitters struck out 18 times but still managed to score eight runs. Also, the pitchers the Padres used during the game -- Clayton Richard, Brad Brach, Andrew Cashner and Joe Thatcher -- combined to walk 10 Dodgers hitters.
The 10 walks were the most by the Padres in a nine-inning game since Aug. 30 of last season against these same Dodgers in an 8-5 loss at Dodger Stadium.
In that game last season, starting pitcher Tim Stauffer walked seven batters.
"Ten walks out of our staff are rare," Black said. "I know [pitching coach Darren Balsley] takes a lot of pride in that and so do our pitchers."
Oddly enough, the Padres went into the bottom of the ninth inning with six walks. But that was before Cashner got two quick outs before loading the bases on three walks. Left-handed reliever Thatcher then walked Andre Ethier to force in the winning run.