Thatcher tests injured shoulder

Thatcher tests injured shoulder

SAN DIEGO -- Padres reliever Joe Thatcher played catch on Tuesday, the first time that he has picked up a baseball since he had a setback on April 5.

Thatcher, on the disabled list since March 22 with a strained left shoulder, appeared to be closing in on taking a Minor League rehabilitation stint, but then he reported some soreness in his shoulder during a bullpen session at PETCO Park.

There's no timetable for when Thatcher will throw again or when he'll get on a mound.

"He's got a ways to go," Padres manager Bud Black said. "... Hopefully this time things will be better."

The Padres will evaluate Thatcher on Wednesday, when he arrives at PETCO Park. How he is feeling will determine his next step.