Padres pitcher hurt in Cardinals' 11-run first inning

Updated: May 8, 2005, 6:52 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- San Diego pitcher Tim Redding, battered for eight runs in two-thirds of an inning in the Padres' 15-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, likely is headed for the 15-day disabled list with a strained rotator cuff.

Redding left the game after facing his 10th batter in the Cardinals' 11-run first inning. He doubled over in pain after allowing David Eckstein's second hit of the inning, a two-run single that gave the Cardinals a 6-0 lead.

After being attended to, he flipped the ball to catcher Ramon Hernandez on his way off the field and was replaced by Randy Williams. It was the shortest outing of his career.

The team said Redding, 0-5 with an 8.76 ERA, would return to San Diego for further examination.

"He felt good warming up, but he felt something on that last pitch," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We're going to have to make a decision here."

The Cardinals bunched five hits against Redding, who also walked three, recorded just two outs and was charged with eight runs. St. Louis added three more against Williams in the inning.

Redding said he felt discomfort in the second inning of his last start on Tuesday against the Rockies, when he had perhaps his best outing of the year with one run allowed in seven innings.

He tried to pitch through it.

"I felt a real stern pinch in my shoulder but I just kept battling through," Redding said. "I felt discomfort every single day up until the day before yesterday.

"I didn't want to have to miss a start, but it progressively got worse and worse and all of a sudden it just gave out."

Redding said a stint on the disabled list was "probably inevitable."

"It's just aching," he said. "It feels like a dead feeling."


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