DENVER -- Right-hander Tim Stauffer began his road to recovery Tuesday and could be back with the Padres by the first weekend in May. Stauffer went on the disabled list on Opening Day, and although he has played some light catch, he had his first session on the mound on Tuesday.
"Stauff threw today in San Diego," manager Bud Black said before Tuesday's game with the Rockies. "He stretched it out. He threw a little bit of a bullpen today. He's going to throw another one this weekend."
Black confirmed that Stauffer would need to go through a Minor League rehabilitation assignment before rejoining the club, and given the time needed to build back his arm strength, the best-case scenario for his return is the weekend series with the Marlins on May 4-6.
Stauffer was 9-12 with a 3.73 ERA in 31 starts for the Padres last season.