Cory Wade placed on 15-day DL, Scott Elbert recalled from Chattanooga

It’s a recurrence of the same shoulder issue he dealt with last season and in spring training, nothing major. He says it went away completely for a while, but it flared up again after his most recent outing last Saturday night at Arizona, and it has been so crazy this week that no one seemed to have noticed that he hadn’t pitched since then. Cory said it just kept getting worse after that, but that he is optimistic that a little rest will be sufficient to get rid of the issue. The move is backdated to Sunday, which means he is eligible to return on April 27 and stands a good chance of doing so. He’ll go to Camelback Ranch on Monday, when the team leaves for Houston, and pitch in a couple of extended spring training games there to get himself right.
“We can’t be one man short in the bullpen,” Wade said. “Those guys have been working hard down there. We’re just doing what is best for the team.”
Scott Elbert had made two starts at Double-A Chattanooga totaling eight innings, so it would seem logical that he’ll go to the pen for the big club, which now has three lefties down there. Remember in spring training when everyone was fretting over the fact that they only had one? Elbert gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits with four walks and nine strikeouts and held opposing hitters to a .226 average for the Lookouts.
Oh, and Hiroki Kuroda did fine playing catch this morning, about 30 throws. He told some Japanese reporters he hopes to throw off a mound tomorrow, but I haven’t confirmed that with Stan Conte yet.

Also, here is today’s lineup, a bit of a skeleton crew with Furcal, Martin and Blake all sitting:

2B Hudson
RF Ethier
LF Ramirez
1B Loney
CF Kemp
3B DeWitt
C Ausmus
SS Castro
RH Billingsley

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  • GScott

    good call sitting everyone against their best pitcher. maybe his sinker won’t work today and we’ll be ok.

  • bruinfan319

    a lot of backups are playing but that top 5 (and even 6) is still a hell of a lineup.

  • Harpo JB

    Quote: “good call sitting everyone against their best pitcher”

    It’s hardly “everyone.” Three regulars who are getting the day off: Furcal, Martin and Blake, and there may be a good reason for their being sat down today …

    In his career against Aaron Cook, Furcal is 5 for 27 (.185) and Martin is 1 for 18 (.056). All six hits have been singles. Blake has pounded him for a .500 average, but two at-bats is a rather small sample size.

  • Brooklyn Dodger

    The Wade news doesn’t surprise me. I was thinking about it last night when he wasn’t used, and it occurred to me that he hadn’t been used in a while. Hopefully, it’s really a minor setback. But it’s not unprecedented for so called minor injuries to turn out to be something else. I understand that it’s bursitis, which can be minor, but can also lead to surgery when the bursa sac doesn’t respond to treatment. Although minor compared to other surgeries, that’s only in relative terms.