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: