Richard Sent to 15-Day DL; Ross Reinstated
According to Dennis Lin, writer for the SD Union-Tribune, starting pitcher Clayton Richard has been sent to the 15-day disabled list due to an intestinal virus. The announcement came via Twitter Sunday morning. This information was soon confirmed by the Padres own Corey Brock, who stated that after a “nasty” stomach virus had passed through the Padres clubhouse, Richard has lost 12 pounds in the last few weeks.
Such an ailment may explain Richard’s performance as of late, who has surrendered 18 runs in the last 11 innings he has pitched, or a 14.72 ERA in his last three starts. Bud Black also announced that Richard would be seeing a specialist on Monday that will aid the pitcher in his recovery. Richard has gone 0-4 this season with an 8.54 ERA – a very different figure from the same pitcher who sported a 3.99 ERA and won 14 games for the Padres last season.
With Richard’s spot being vacant on the roster, the Padres reinstated RHP Tyson Ross from the 15-day DL to correspond with the move. Although Ross is back, the pitcher will reportedly be pitching from the bullpen, meaning that the team will be using a 4-man rotation for the time being. Ross was sent to the DL following a partial dislocation of his non-throwing shoulder that he suffered April 18th against the Dodgers.