Stauffer resumes throwing after surgery

Stauffer resumes throwing after surgery

SEATTLE -- Ten days removed from an emergency appendectomy, Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer is already well into his rehabilitation routine.

In fact, Stauffer played catch for the third time this week, the last round coming before Friday's game against the Mariners at Safeco Field.

"I played some catch from 60 feet the last couple of days and again today. I'll run a little bit today, too," Stauffer said. "Depending on how it feels, I will stretch it out [the length of playing catch] a little more tomorrow.

"Other than that, I don't know when I'll get on a mound. It's kind of a day-to-day thing."

While the team was in San Francisco for a series, Stauffer had pain in his stomach. He initially did a self-diagnosis on the pain he was having in his abdomen on his iPhone -- using the WebMD application -- before seeking trainer Todd Hutcheson.

After a brief examination by Hutcheson, Stauffer was taken to the hospital. There's no timetable for Stauffer's return, though Hutcheson surmised it might be four weeks.

"It feels pretty good now. But I want to make sure I don't do anything too quick or have any setbacks," Stauffer said. "I want to make sure I do it right. I don't think my arm will take that long to get back in shape, though.

"Throwing-wise, it feels pretty good. When we get a little closer to game speed, then we'll have a good idea."