Sunday, April 26, 2009

Are Padres Pitching Injuries Connected?

Sunday April 26, 2009

I have to wonder how much the injuries to Padres starters Walter Silva and Shawn Hill are due to the lack of time given to each to build up arm strength.

Both Walter Silva and Shawn Hill had very few starts in Spring Training before being called upon to step it up and pitch in regular season games. Both were placed on a limited pitch count in their first starts and were injured in the 2nd and 3rd starts they made respectively.

Did the lack of time to build arm strength before being asked to go at full speed contribute to the injuries?

You can't help but wonder.

That calls to question whether the Padres should call up Chad Gaudin ahead of schedule or call up someone like Wade LeBlanc or Matthew Buschmann that has had a full spring training to make 2 starts until Gaudin is ready.

What do you think the Padres should do?

Padres Injury Report Part Deux

Sunday April 26,2009

The injuries to the already shaky San Diego Padres pitching staff continue to mount.

Padres starting pitcher Shawn Hill injured the elbow and bicep of his throwing arm in Saturdays game and left the game after the 2nd inning.

The oft injured Hill was placed on the disabled list today. This is the 7th trip to the DL since 2004 for Hill who missed the entire 2005 season following Tommy John surgery.

This is the 3rd starter and 5th pitcher that has been placed on the DL since the last week of spring training. Over all the Padres have 7 players on the DL as of today.

Reliver Mike Adams was placed on the 60 day DL on March 27th after suffering an injury at the end of 2008 and undergoing off season surgery.

Reliever Mark Worrell lost his 2009 season to an elbow injury that will require Tommy John surgery.

Cha Seung Baek had tightness in his forearm and elbow and has been on the DL since the start of the season.

Walter Silva left his 2nd start of the season with tightness in his forearm and was placed on the DL.

To add insult to injury, set up man Duaner Sanchez has been sidelined since April 18th with a strained forearm and he may join Hill and company on the DL on Monday if the Padres are not seeing improvement.

Last year MLB record injuries doomed the Padres 2008 season. Are we starting to see more of the same in 2009?

There are more question marks regarding the Padres pitching staff now than at the start of the season.

Will the ineffective Jake Peavy be the next Padres pitcher to succumb to injuries? Will Chad Gaudin or Baek be back soon enough to fill Hill's slot in the rotation?
If not who will be called up?
Geer pitched 4 innings on Saturday even though he was scheduled to pitch Tuesday. Who will be the starting pitcher on Tuesday?

Time will tell. I have had my say. Now what do you think?

There is your update on the Padres Injury Report.