Padres order MRI on Maybin's sore right wrist
Outfielder misses third straight game on Monday vs. Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin will return to San Diego on Tuesday to have an MRI on his sore right wrist.
Maybin missed his third game in as many days on Monday when the Padres opened a three-game series against the Dodgers. He said Saturday that he has been playing with soreness in the wrist for a while, but that a catch he made Friday against Arizona likely aggravated the injury.
"It's still a little painful," said Padres manager Bud Black. "It's still sore. So let's make sure nothing else is going on."
Maybin will be looked at by Padres physicians on Tuesday, and some sort of determination on his next step will likely be made later in the day.
Without Maybin in Monday's lineup, the Padres turned to the left-handed-hitting Will Venable against Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw.
Maybin has played well with the ailing wrist, hitting .301 since the All-Star break after he posted a .259 clip in the first half. The idea of missing time doesn't sit well with him.
"It takes something to get me out of the lineup," Maybin said.
Padres not concerned with Stauffer's workload
LOS ANGELES -- By the end of the season, Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer will either come close to or more than double his innings output from a year ago.
Not that Stauffer is keeping close tabs on his innings, or is even the least bit concerned with the increased workload.
"Everything is going good. The delivery is the same," Stauffer said. "In years past, I have felt as good at the end of the season as I did at the beginning. For the most part, I've felt pretty consistent."
Stauffer leads the Padres in starts (27) and innings (166), heading into Tuesday's start against the Dodgers. A year ago, he threw 100 2/3 innings -- 82 2/3 while pitching for the Padres. The remainder of the innings came on a Minor League rehabilitation stint.
This season, Stauffer -- the Padres' Opening Day starter -- has made every outing in his first season with more than 14 starts at the big league level.
"I think I've missed maybe one bullpen [session between starts]," Stauffer said. "Going into the spring, my goal was to make every start. I'm happy with the durability and how I've bounced back."
The Padres might have more concern for Stauffer's arm if he were like, say, 23-year-old Mat Latos, who had his innings monitored closely last season.
But Stauffer is 29 and has already eclipsed the 150-inning mark in three prior seasons, while pitching in both the Majors and Minors.
In fact, Stauffer has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his past two starts.
"We're watching him, but he's not showing any fatigue or arm issues at all," said Padres manager Bud Black.
Hudson enjoying best month of season
LOS ANGELES -- The month has been very kind to second baseman Orlando Hudson, who took a .298 August average into Monday's game against the Dodgers.
Hudson, whose homer accounted for the Padres' lone run in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the D-backs, has raised his season average to .257.
That's a far cry from where Hudson was in April (.238) and May (.172), although he has missed considerable time (35 games) with two separate disabled-list stints -- first for a right hamstring strain and later with a left groin strain.
"He's playing his best ball, right now," said Padres manager Bud Black. "We're seeing, right now, what Orlando can do.
"He's playing his game. He's playing like Orlando can play."
Hudson has eight extra-base hits this month, including three doubles, two triples and three home runs to go with 14 RBIs.