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Richard to DL; Padres Recall Bass, Boxberger 

Clayton Richard

Clayton Richard

The injury ridden San Diego Padres were dealt another blow this morning, as it was announced that pitcher Clayton Richard was to be placed on the Disabled List following some discomfort in the Acromiocavicular (AC) Joint of his left shoulder. The status of Richard’s AC joint has not been announced yet, but soreness or pain in the AC joint is typically followed by a condition called “separated shoulder.”

Depending on the severity of the injury, surgery may or may not be necessary for Richard, who missed a large portion of the 2011 season due to surgery on that same shoulder. Richard left the game last night after just two pitches, and has already missed 19 games earlier this season during his last stint on the DL. Richard is 2-5 with a 7.01 ERA in 12 games this season.

While it is uncertain who will be replacing Richard in the Padres starting rotation, it was announced today that pitchers Anthony Bass and Brad Boxberger would be called up from Triple-A Tucson to help give the bullpen some extra depth and fresh arms. Both Bass and Boxberger have had stints up in the majors and down in Triple-A this season.

Bass doesn’t have any decisions this season with the Padres, but has a 4.55 ERA in 18 game appearances with 31.2 innings pitched. Down in Triple-A, Bass has struggled with a 1-1 record and a 9.18 ERA in 16.2 innings pitched. However, Bass’ most recent start against the Triple-A Reno Aces was a good one, as Anthony earned the win after giving up only one run in 5.0 innings pitched.

Boxberger has also had some time with the big league club this season, but not to the same extent that Bass has had. Boxberger is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in 5 games this season, collecting 1 save over 7.2 innings pitched. With the Tucson Padres this season, Boxberger is 0-3 with a 4.76 ERA.

Bass and Boxberger will both be on hand for this afternoon’s game against the LA Dodgers. First pitch is slated for 4:15pm at Petco Park.

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About the author: Ian Edward Russell Smith

Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!