The San Diego Padres placed starting pitcher Clayton Richard on the 15-day disabled list with what is being described as an intestinal virus. The virus is reportedly believed to be one of the reasons why Richard has put forth dismal performances recently.
The29-year-old has struggled this season, as he is 0-4 with an 8.54 earned run average and 13 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings over six starts. What is even more intriguing is that Richard has posted a 0-3 record with a 13.09 ERA and five strikeouts in his last three starts. The reason that is so interesting is because the first of the three starts occurred just days after he was forced to miss a game because of a virus.
The left-hander is typically a very good pitcher who has not shown many bad performances, at least in the earned run average part of his game, in his career. There is no question Padres manager Bud Black and the rest of the coaching staff had to be wondering what was going on with their starter. However, after Richard lost 12 pounds in two weeks, it was quite obvious something was not right.
“Initially, we thought it would be a few days,” Black said, according to Padres.com. “It’s just hung on and he just can’t shake it.”
The Indiana native did begin the 2013 Major League Baseball season on a sour note when he allowed eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. However, he buckled down in his next two starts in which he gave up only two earned runs in 11 innings. Unfortunately, once the virus hit it was game over.