SAN DIEGO -- The Padres placed infielder Oscar Salazar on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's series finale against the Marlins at PETCO Park with a strained right Achilles tendon, a move that makes room for newly acquired outfielder Ryan Ludwick on the 25-man roster. Salazar, who has primarily been used as a pinch-hitter this season, is batting .237 in 71 games with two home runs, 18 RBIs and 16 runs scored. However, he has thrived in key situations for the Padres, as he posts a .342 clip with runners in scoring position and has 10 pinch-hit RBIs, which is tied for second in the National League with Atlanta's Brooks Conrad. Ludwick was in uniform for Sunday's contest but was a late scratch from the starting lineup. Padres manager Bud Black said prior to the game that Ludwick would start in right and bat fourth, but Will Venable was slotted in right instead when the lineup card was posted about an hour later.
Ludwick is coming off a calf injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list from June 26 through July 24, so the Friars wanted to monitor his calf, though Ludwick said he was available to pinch-hit.