05/18/12 10:54 PM ET
Padres place Stauffer, Darnell on DL
By Sarah Trotto / Special to MLB.com
This is the second DL stint this season for Stauffer, who has a strained right elbow. The move is retroactive to Tuesday, as Stauffer made his lone start of the season Monday against the Nationals. He said he is experiencing the same soreness he did during Spring Training and late last season.
Darnell also landed on the DL on Friday, one day after he suffered a left shoulder subluxation, which is a temporary, partial dislocation of the joint.
Left-hander Eric Stults will start in Stauffer's place on Saturday against the Angels at Petco Park. He reported to the club on Friday after the Padres claimed him off waivers from the White Sox.
Stauffer said he experienced soreness in his elbow -- in his flexor tendon bundle -- late in his outing on Monday. He allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings against the Nationals.
"Probably last inning, I can't think of one pitch in particular. When I came out it was pretty sore and it felt like it was fairly weak at that point," he said. "It was pretty sore there the next couple of days. I played catch and tried to let it go a little bit, and it didn't feel right."
Stauffer said he underwent an MRI exam on Friday but he had yet to receive the results.
"Obviously, it's very frustrating," said Stauffer, who was originally expected to be the Padres' Opening Day starter. "I'm just trying to get a handle on what's going on and what needs to be done."
Of the Padres' 12 players who are sidelined, four are on the 60-day DL.
"I would speculate this is by far the most I've seen at any one time so early in the season," Padres manager Bud Black said about his club's rash of injuries. Combined, they had missed 275 games entering Friday's game against the Angels.
"It's an organization challenge," Black said. "It's a roster challenge for [general manager] Josh [Byrnes], because you're seeing new guys come in out of the organization, Josh having to juggle the 40-man roster and a lot of it has been done via the 60-day disabled list."
Stauffer said he felt fine during his three rehabilitation starts before he made his 2012 debut. He went 0-1 with a 1.72 ERA during those outings -- two rehab starts with Class A Lake Elsinore and one start with Triple-A Tucson.
"The rehab starts, I felt good through there," Stauffer said. "I don't know if it's when the pitch count gets up there. I'm not sure exactly what the reasoning is. It's the same sort of progression that happened earlier."
As for Stauffer's replacement, Stults allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings in two appearances, including one start, for the White Sox this season. He is 8-10 with a 4.84 ERA in 43 games, including 25 starts, over parts of six Major League seasons with the Dodgers, Rockies and White Sox.
As for Darnell, he suffered his shoulder injury attempting to make a leaping catch on a Tony Gwynn liner to lead off the sixth inning in Thursday's 8-1 loss to the Dodgers at Petco Park.
Darnell said he was scheduled for an MRI exam on Friday night.
"It's too hard to tell at this stage," Darnell said. "Even the doctor, when he looked at me, he doesn't even know. He can't really guess or predict [before the MRI]. [The shoulder is] just sore."
Darnell said the injury is different from an injury he suffered last year on the same shoulder. He underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on Sept. 20 to stabilize the strained left shoulder.
Vincent's inaugural callup a homecoming
SAN DIEGO -- Padres right-hander Nick Vincent had plenty of fans on hand for his homecoming. Vincent's dad Randy had bought about 80 tickets to Friday night's game against the Angels at Petco Park after the Padres beckoned the 25-year-old right-hander to the Major Leagues.
Vincent was born in nearby Poway, Calif., and graduated from Ramona High School.
With starting pitcher Tim Stauffer (elbow) and infielder/outfielder James Darnell (shoulder) going on the 15-day disabled list Friday, the Padres summoned Vincent for his inaugural callup from Triple-A Tucson.
Vincent received news of his promotion around 11 p.m. Thursday. At the time, he was on his way home to his apartment after a Triple-A game in Tucson.
"Last night, when it happened, I couldn't talk or think," he said.
Vincent revealed his promotion on Twitter, tweeting at 12:22 a.m. Friday: "Heading to petco tomorrow. #sothankful #excited."
"It's pretty crazy," he said. "Now playing for a hometown team, for a professional team, is unreal."
Vincent began the season rehabbing from an ankle injury suffered during Spring Training. He said his left ankle partially dislocated when he stepped on a baseball in the bullpen during a spring game. He had been talking to a teammate and doing stretches when he suffered the injury.
He left extended spring camp and pitched his first game this season with Tuscon on May 10. He made three appearances there, allowing four runs, striking out two and walking one in 2 1/3 innings.
Vincent saw the number of injuries the Padres have suffered this season and wondered when his chance would arrive.
"I was like, 'This is a bad year to get hurt for me,'" he said. "But I've pitched in three games and now I'm up here, so it's pretty surreal to me."
Vincent went 8-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 66 relief outings last season for Double-A San Antonio. The Padres put him on their 40-man roster this past offseason. He impressed the Padres in Spring Training before the injury occurred.
"He's a guy our Minor League people thought could at some point make our roster," Padres manager Bud Black said. "[It's] unfortunate that he suffered that severe ankle sprain, but we'll see now. The way that it's gone, there are lots of opportunities so far for guys. He's a guy that pitched his way onto the 40-man roster and will be given a look here in the near term."
Trial date set for Cabrera in Arizona
SAN DIEGO -- A trial date has been set for Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera to face a domestic violence charge in Arizona, according to U-T San Diego.
The trial is set for June 11, which is an off-day for the Padres between road trips to Milwaukee and Seattle.
Cabrera has pleaded not guilty. He has rejected a plea deal from prosecutors, according to U-T San Diego.
"Mr. Cabrera loves his wife and is committed to being a devoted family man," Cabrera's attorney, Richard Suzuki, said in a statement. "We strongly believe our client will prevail at trial."
Cabrera, 25, has been charged with misdemeanor assault upon his wife stemming from an incident March 16 in Glendale, Ariz., according to the newspaper.
The Padres promoted Cabrera and second baseman Alexi Amarista from Triple-A Tucson on Thursday after they released second baseman Orlando Hudson and placed shortstop Jason Bartlett on the 15-day disabled list. Cabrera went 0-for-3 in his 2012 debut with the Padres on Thursday. He hit .333 in 34 games at Tucson.
Left field Carlos Quentin reacted well to a cortisone shot this week, but the Padres have yet to determine when he'll next play in a game, Black said.
Quentin is expected to go on another rehab assignment before he rejoins the club. He has been on the DL all season following right knee surgery.
Closer Huston Street is "doing better" and will join the Padres on their upcoming road trip, Black said. He went on the DL on May 5 with a strained lat muscle.
Starting pitcher Joe Wieland is doing better and is closer to throwing, Black said. He went on the DL on May 10, retroactive to May 7, with a strained right elbow.
Outfielder Mark Kotsay is getting better daily and was available to pinch-hit after experiencing tightness in his lower back last weekend.
Sarah Trotto is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.