San Diego Padres SP Jake Peavy headed to DL

by Keith Hernandez on May 20, 2008 @ 10:27:21 PDT


The Associated Press reports San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jake Peavy (elbow) will go on the 15-day disabled list with swelling and a strained muscle in his right elbow. An MRI showed no ligament damage.

This marks only the second time that Peavy will be placed on the disabled list in his career. The good news for the Padres and owners of Peavy is that there is no structural damage in his elbow. If everything goes well, Peavy could only miss a few starts.

Peavy is without question the Padres' ace and the workhorse of the pitching staff. The 26-year-old hurler has a 4-3 record with 60 strikeouts and 20 walks in 58 2/3 innings pitched. He also sports an ERA of 2.91. He has a career 3.29 ERA with 1,150 strikeouts to just 368 walks.

Peavy landing on the 15-day disabled list is just one of many problems the 2008 Padres have been forced to endure. The team's rotation has recently undergone some significant changes.

Relief pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma has been a temporary solution in the starting rotation but is an unlikely candidate to remain there for an extended period of time. Ledezma was saddled with the loss Monday, May 19, against the St. Louis Cardinals in only his second start this year. He has only started 36 games in his five-year career.

Pitcher Justin Germano seems like the most probable candidate to replace Peavy in the rotation. He began the year as a starter but was relegated to the bullpen after he started 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA in six starts. He has started 35 of the 46 games in which he has appeared in his career and could pick up a few starts with Peavy on the DL.

Since his call-up and addition to the rotation, starting pitcher Shawn Estes has been a pleasant surprise. He has a 1-0 record with a 2.03 ERA, including a 2.39 ERA in his two starts, since joining the team. He'll pitch his home games in the friendliest pitchers' park in the game, but he has a career ERA of 4.69, so don't put a ton of stock into his initial 2008 showing.

With Peavy out, the Padres rotation is in dire straits. Look for Germano to rejoin the rotation while Peavy rests his ailing elbow. He doesn't have fantasy value to anyone other than managers in the deepest NL-only leagues; the same is true of Estes, although his early performance could make him worth consideration in shallow NL-only formats. The team will likely be very cautious with their ace, so do not be surprised if his return gets pushed back more than anticipated. For now, stash Peavy on a DL spot and closely monitor his progress. If the swelling in his elbow subsides, he could begin throwing in a few weeks.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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