PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres reliever Joe Thatcher got some "peace of mind" Friday when the results of an MRI on his sore left shoulder showed no structural damage.
"It's just a matter of getting the inflammation out of there, and hopefully we'll be ready to go," Thatcher said Saturday morning. "We'll continue to rehab but there's peace of mind there's nothing wrong."
Thatcher was officially shut down from throwing Friday following a throwing session on flat ground the previous day which led to continued discomfort in his shoulder.
Thatcher, who has already had a cortisone shot this spring, was set to receive another on Saturday. There's no timetable as to when he'll resume throwing, but he's certain to start the regular season on the disabled list again.
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"In the big picture, yes," Padres manager Bud Black said when asked if Thatcher's MRI was perceived as good news. "When you get a scan, you don't know what to expect."
Last spring, Thatcher landed on the disabled list to start the season with soreness in his shoulder, essentially in the same spot. He started the season with Triple-A Portland and was promoted to the Padres on April 22.
Thatcher went on to become one of the best left-handed specialists in the league, posting a 1.29 ERA in 65 games. Left-handed batters hit .197 against him.