LOS ANGELES -- Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained right elbow, two days after the elbow tightened up on him during some pregame long toss. Right-handed reliever Adam Russell was recalled from Triple-A Portland. "It makes sense from a making-space point of view, and I just want to get healthy and get back to I where want to be," said Blanks, who was batting .157 with three home runs and 15 RBIs. "I'm just out there running around and keeping my legs going. I can still run, so I need to run. I didn't throw. Just trying to leave it alone and do what it needs to do."
Blanks was at least five days away from returning to baseball activities, manager Bud Black said. The injury is technically a strain of the flexor pronator, a forearm muscle around the elbow. Black said there was no ligament damage. "I still have some bite in there, it definitely feels tight," Blanks said. "We decided to put him on the list, let it quiet down, then jump back on the horse," Black said. Blanks will likely be sent for a Minor League rehab stint before returning to action, but he will stay with the team for this weekend's series in Seattle. He said Wednesday the time off could help him clear his head so that he can come back stronger at the plate.