If you thought Clayton Richard was having a bad week before, the San Diego Padres pitcher has now been placed on the 15-day disabled list with an intestinal virus. Richard has been struggling with his game, including his last three starts.
Richard’s problems initially began on April 20 when he was scheduled to start against the San Francisco Giants, but he sat out due to a virus. And it appears that he never fully shook his illness. The pitcher has lost 20 pounds in the last two weeks, says team manager Bud Black. Several members of the team and coaching staff also had symptoms of the virus, but no one has experienced the illness to the degree that Richard has suffered.
But in a silver lining for the Padres, injured pitcher Tyson Ross has been reinstated from the disabled list just in time to make up for Richard’s absence. Ross has been out with a left shoulder subluxation, or partial dislocation, an injury he sustained on the follow-through to the swing of his first Major League hit last month against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ross went on the disabled list on April 20 and spent time healing his injury in several Minor League appearances with a rehabilitation stint in Triple-A Tucson. Now that he has returned to the Padres, Ross will not be taking Richard’s place in the lineup but rather pitching out of the bullpen for the time being. Edinson Volquez will likely be taking over for Richard, starting Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Here’s to a speedy recovery and no more Padres injuries.