Blanks placed on DL with shoulder strain

Blanks placed on DL with shoulder strain

Blanks placed on DL with shoulder strain
LOS ANGELES -- The Padres were pondering several choices for a roster move Saturday before adding pitcher Joe Wieland for his Major League debut against the Dodgers.

The one they settled on was one they would have rather avoided, as outfielder Kyle Blanks landed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder.

It's the same shoulder that sidelined Blanks during the latter part of Spring Training, causing him to miss 11 days.

"The past couple of days, it started to flare up pretty good," Blanks said. "It's never fun. But figuring out what the real issue is and finding a clear solution for it is the biggest thing on my mind."

Blanks will return to San Diego on Sunday, though it was unclear to manager Bud Black if he'll have an MRI on the shoulder.

"In talking to our medical staff, they feel it's not where it was three or four weeks ago," Black said. "But we decided to err on the side of caution."

Blanks had one hit in five at-bats for the Padres. The decision to place him on the disabled list means the Padres will go, temporarily at least, with a 13-man pitching staff. However, that leaves Black with only a four-man bench.

It appears the Padres will activate outfielder Mark Kotsay on Monday when he's eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. At that point, the Padres likely will option a pitcher back to the Minor Leagues.