04/17/2013 11:47 PM ET
Marquis provides relief for Padres' bullpen
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- The last thing the Padres needed on Tuesday was another short outing from a starting pitcher.
After all, the Padres entered that game with the third-most innings pitched by relievers in the Major Leagues (48), trailing the Pirates (49 1/3) and the Blue Jays (50) through 13 games.
But Jason Marquis mostly gave the bullpen the night off, as he pitched 7 2/3 innings in what became a 9-2 victory over the Dodgers. Andrew Cashner got the final four outs. It was the longest start by a Padres pitcher this season.
"Those are great ones," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It freshens up the bullpen and gives the guys the required rest they need. That's so critical."
Black said most relievers -- closers aside -- appear in 60-80 games per season. But piling up those innings and appearances early won't help the team come August and September.
"It's great whenever our guys [starters] throw pitches in the seventh inning and even better when they do it in the eighth," Black said.
Black was hopeful that Wednesday starter Tyson Ross could pitch deep into the game as well. That, coupled with an off-day on Thursday, would help as the team prepares to open a three-game set on Friday against the Giants at AT&T Park.
Maybin lands on DL with wrist injury
LOS ANGELES -- There was good news to be had for the Padres on Wednesday, as third baseman Chase Headley was reinstated from the disabled list.
There was also some bad news, as center fielder Cameron Maybin was the corresponding roster move, landing on the 15-day DL with a right wrist impingement.
Maybin, who has had issues with his right wrist over the last two seasons, aggravated it when he made a difficult catch in Monday's victory over the Dodgers. He was scheduled to be in the lineup on Tuesday, but was scratched.
San Diego manager Bud Black said that Maybin saw a specialist in San Diego on Wednesday and it was determined that he would be fitted for a splint to help hold his wrist in place.
"He had a workup done, and his wrist is extremely sore and they think there's some bone bruising. It had been bothering him off and on," Black said. "He just needs to let it calm down."
Black said Maybin, who is is hitting .091 in 33 at-bats this season, could be in a splint for a week and that he might need longer than 15 days on the DL.
Black said the Padres -- who are using a 24-man roster until April 23 while outfielder Carlos Quentin serves his eight-game suspension -- will fill center field with Chris Denorfia, Will Venable and even Alexi Amarista. On Wednesday, Denorfia got the start against Dodgers left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
Maybin has had trouble with the wrist the last two seasons and again in Spring Training, though he has never had to go on the disabled list before now. In most cases, he's needed time off after expending a lot of energy or force with the wrist, like extra batting practice.