SAN DIEGO -- Padres outfielder Mark Kotsay, who hasn't played in a week because of a lower back strain, had a setback on Friday at Petco Park and is now headed to the 15-day disabled list. The move will be backdated to Sunday, and Padres manager Bud Black is hopeful that Kotsay will need only a week or so before his back feels better. The Padres have recalled outfielder Blake Tekotte from Triple-A Tucson. Tekotte, according to Black, is set to arrive during Saturday's game.
Kotsay was making progress toward a return after suffering the injury in Philadelphia on May 12, but he aggravated the injury during fielding drills before the Padres' game against the Angels. "Knowing his back like he does, Kots came into the office today and said that in the interest of the club and since we're carrying 13 pitches, that it was probably best to make this move," Black said. "He felt that he couldn't play in the field the next three or four days." The Padres now have 13 players on the disabled list, the most in the Major Leagues. Tekotte was 0-for-3 in a five-game stint for the Padres earlier this season. He was hitting .283 with four home runs, 11 RBIs and three stolen bases for Tucson in 28 games.