San Diego Padres left-hander Clayton Richard exited last
night’s contest after throwing only two pitches after experiencing pain in the
AC joint of his throwing shoulder. The ailment is expected to send Richard to
the disabled list, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com.
Richard is set to undergo further evaluation after the early
exit, but manager Bud Black told reporters that a stint on the DL would be
required. Richard later said the pain he experienced ranged from the top of his
shoulder, down his neck and into the top part of his chest.
"It was rough, something I hoped wouldn't happen. I had
some discomfort this week leading up to [the start], but I thought I'd be able
to get through. Unfortunately, once I got going, I knew things weren't
right," Richard told reporters after the Padres defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers,
Richard threw a ball and a strike to Dodgers leadoff man
Mark Ellis. The second pitch only came in at 86-mph. After Black and trainers
met him on the field, he was ultimately replaced by Tim Stauffer.
While Richard underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left
shoulder during the summer of 2011, he said that this discomfort was in a
different area. While the 29-year-old has been a constant in the team’s
rotation over recent years, he was struggling mighty prior to his injury. Over
12 appearances – including 11 starts – Richard posted an ugly ERA and WHIP of
7.01 and 1.633.
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