Another day, another San Diego Padres injury. This time, the Padres lose left-handed pitcher Robbie Erlin with an elbow strain. A very tough blow for this young man as he looked poised to take major strides forward this year. The Padres and their young pitcher have to hope he can return to form after a minor setback.
The Padres continue to be hit by injuries. Robbie Erlin goes on the 15-day DL with an elbow strain. Righty Leonel Campos recalled.
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Leonel Campos was recalled from El Paso and he will take a spot in the bullpen. It will be interesting to see whom the Padres insert into the starting rotation to replace Erlin. Brad Hand is a possibility as is Rule 5 pitcher Luis Perdomo. It is unlikely Tyson Ross returns anytime soon as he recently reported shoulder discomfort once again in his pitching arm. The Padres will need someone to fill the spot for at least the next two weeks. Brandon Morrow is a possibility if he can make it back.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 21, 2016
Campos is a hard throwing right-handed pitcher. The 28-year-old native Venezuelan has been up each of the last two season with the Padres. He only pitched in one game last year. He had 12 strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched so far this year in Triple-A with a 4.91 ERA. Campos owns a career 4.07 ERA and has struck out 298 batters in his 208 career minor-league innings. Control has always been his problem and that is what keeps him from being a major league reliever.
Erlin will be examined in two weeks and the team will see what to do from there. The Padres have really been hit hard so far early in the season with injuries. Yangervis Solarte, Cory Spangenberg and Tyson Ross have all gone down with injuries. The loss of Erlin will force manager Andy Green to be creative when formulating his staff.