SAN FRANCISCO -- Padres pitcher Tyson Ross arrived at AT&T Park early Saturday with the intention of tossing a between-starts bullpen session. Instead, he got some tough news.
The Padres placed Ross on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Thursday) with subluxation of his left shoulder, an injury he sustained while hitting against the Dodgers on Wednesday.
"The soreness has to decrease, and there's a strengthening component to this. We've got to make sure he can swing the bat and have confidence that he can field his position," Padres manager Bud Black said.
The Padres recalled right-handed pitcher Thad Weber to give the team depth. Weber appeared in one game with the Padres on April 13, allowing two earned runs in 3 2/3 innings of relief. Weber was 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in two starts in Triple-A.
Ross was disappointed with the news but understood the team wants him to get healthy again before he returns to the rotation.
"It's definitely frustrating," Ross said. "It's my off-shoulder, and I can still pitch just fine. But they've got my best interest at heart."
Ross suffered the injury to his non-throwing shoulder on the follow-through of his swing during the third inning against Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw after getting his first Major League hit. Ross winced in pain as he ran up the line. But he remained in the game, pitching 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision.
Ross said the shoulder continues to feel better each day.
"I'm definitely feeling better today than I was yesterday," he said. "This will give me time to strengthen the shoulder. I'm pretty optimistic about it."
The Padres went through a similar ordeal two seasons ago when pitcher Dustin Moseley twice suffered subluxation to the shoulder of his non-throwing arm. Moseley had surgery following the 2011 season to repair a dislocated shoulder, torn labrum and stretched capsule.
Blanks shrugs off plunkings in LA
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was a hitless Friday night for Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks -- at the plate and in terms of getting plunked by a pitch.
Blanks, who was added to the roster on Sunday when Carlos Quentin started his eight-game suspension, was hit three times in the final two games of the Padres' series in Los Angeles.
While some insinuated that the Dodgers -- who were swept in the three-game series -- might be seeking some retribution for Quentin's role in Zack Greinke's broken left collar bone sustained during a benches-clearing incident on April 11 -- Blanks said he could care less.
"Everyone has asked me about it. But no ball that hit me hit me square," Blanks said.
Blanks was hit by a pitch on Tuesday and then twice on Wednesday -- both coming after he hit a home run off Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
"The way I look at it was I got on first base. And as long as it doesn't hit me in the face, I'm fine," Blanks said.