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Clayton Richard placed on disabled list with shoulder strain

Jul 5, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

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The Padres placed left-hander Clayton Richard on the disabled list today with a left shoulder strain, one day after he was pulled from his start against the Giants after five shutout innings.

As Richard told Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune this evening, he’s confident he won’t have to miss significant time.

“It feels better today,” said Richard, who has never been on the disabled list before. “I’ve never been hurt before,” he added.

“It works out with the timetable available to us with the All-Star break. They’re just going to shut me down and left the inflammation calm down.”

There are no immediate plans for Richard to undergo an MRI on the shoulder. He’s eligible to return from the disabled list on July 20 against the Marlins, which falls during the second series following the All-Star break.

Richard, 27, is 5-9 with a 3.88 ERA across 19 starts this season. He has a 2.30 ERA at home compared to a 5.30 ERA on the road. Ah yes, PETCO Park is pretty nice place to hang your hat.

  1. purdueman - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Richard is an ex-White Sox farmhand and when White Sox TV broadcaster heard the news during tonight’s Whie Sox loss, he immediately said: “He Gone!!!”

  2. purdueman - Jul 6, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Richard must have seen his next starts coming up on the road (he totally sucks once you take him out of cavernous Petco Park), and pulled a “JD The Slacker Drew”, move to hit the old DL for a 2 week paid vacation instead!

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