Stauffer resumes throwing after surgery
Padres pitcher recovering from appendectomy
SEATTLE -- Ten days removed from an emergency appendectomy, Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer is already well into his rehabilitation routine.
In fact, Stauffer played catch for the third time this week, the last round coming before Friday's game against the Mariners at Safeco Field.
"I played some catch from 60 feet the last couple of days and again today. I'll run a little bit today, too," Stauffer said. "Depending on how it feels, I will stretch it out [the length of playing catch] a little more tomorrow.
"Other than that, I don't know when I'll get on a mound. It's kind of a day-to-day thing."
While the team was in San Francisco for a series, Stauffer had pain in his stomach. He initially did a self-diagnosis on the pain he was having in his abdomen on his iPhone -- using the WebMD application -- before seeking trainer Todd Hutcheson.
After a brief examination by Hutcheson, Stauffer was taken to the hospital. There's no timetable for Stauffer's return, though Hutcheson surmised it might be four weeks.
"It feels pretty good now. But I want to make sure I don't do anything too quick or have any setbacks," Stauffer said. "I want to make sure I do it right. I don't think my arm will take that long to get back in shape, though.
"Throwing-wise, it feels pretty good. When we get a little closer to game speed, then we'll have a good idea."
Black enjoys fans' interest in Interleague Play
SEATTLE -- Padres manager Bud Black was asked before the start of Friday's game against the Mariners about his thoughts on Interleague Play, which hasn't been so kind to the Padres.
"It's sort of fresh to see new faces and different teams," Black said. "I like the fact that it does generate interest [with fans]."
The Padres were 5-10 in Interleague Play a year ago and, at one point, had a losing skid of 13 consecutive games dating back to 2008. The streak ended with a victory over the Mariners.
Since Black took over as manager before the 2007 season, the team has gone 6-9, 3-15 and 5-10 against the American League.
"I don't like, from a strategy standpoint, that you don't get a lot of information," Black said of the lack of advance scouting reports on AL teams. " ... But it's the same on the other side."
That the Padres are facing the Mariners, a team they share a Spring Training facility with in Arizona, lessens the level of unfamiliarity.
"It's a little different with the Mariners since we seem to play them 17 times in Spring Training," Black joked.
Whirlwind couple of weeks for Russell
SEATTLE -- On May 11, the Padres recalled reliever Adam Russell from their Triple-A affiliate, the Portland Beavers. Four days later, Russell was on his way back to Portland.
Then, on Thursday, Russell was recalled again from Portland and added to the roster when outfielder Kyle Blanks went on the disabled list with a strained right elbow.
So Russell, by his own guess, went from Portland to San Diego, then from San Diego to Nashville -- where Portland was playing -- and back to Portland, only to be recalled again and sent to Los Angeles on Thursday where the Padres were playing.
"I'm really racking up the frequent-flier miles," Russell joked.
Russell understands the team often gets in a roster crunch and that he's often the odd-man out because he had Minor League options. He's found some solace in knowing the move hasn't been made because of performance issues.
"It's not the position you want to be in ... you want to be here contributing," said Russell, who has allowed only one hit in 5 2/3 scoreless innings in four games with San Diego this season.
It's not an unfamiliar position for Russell, who bounced back and forth between Triple-A Charlotte and the Chicago White Sox 12 times during the 2008 season.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.