Right when us downtrodden Padres fans were back in relatively good spirits thanks to yesterday's 13-6 victory over the Rockies, we get hit with some lousy news to knock us back down to Earth. Well, we shouldn't feel too sorry for ourselves, since we aren't the ones experiencing shoulder inflammation; Tyson Ross is. The San Diego ace has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 5 since his most recent start was on April 4, the team's Opening Day.
This inflammation in his pitching shoulder could explain why, in the Padres' historic Opening Day loss, Ross didn't perform like the Tyson we've grown to know and love. He got knocked around for eight runs - seven of which were earned - on nine hits and a walk in just over five innings, throwing 94 pitches.
Taking Tyson's place on the Rossless roster will be lefty reliever Brad Hand, who the Friars picked up off of waivers by the Marlins yesterday. One would assume that Robbie Erlin will move into the rotation in Ross's stead. Erlin was the last finalist cut from competition for a starting role, and performed very well yesterday in his season debut as a long reliever.