Stauffer makes self-diagnosis via iPhone

Updated: May 12, 2010, 1:56 PM ET
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Tim Stauffer, the San Diego Padres right-hander, is 2-1 this season as a spot starter.

Early Tuesday morning, he took a loss. His appendix.

Not only can he pitch, it turns out he can diagnose maladies, too. Stauffer had called up a medical website on his iPhone, entered his symptoms and came up with what could be appendicitis, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Stauffer then called Padres head trainer Todd Hutcheson from his hotel room and described his findings.

"He had himself diagnosed," said Hutcheson to the newspaper. "He said, 'I think I have appendicitis.' "

Later that morning, Stauffer had his appendix removed laparoscopically without complications and was placed on the disabled list.

Stauffer was in line for a possible start this weekend against the Dodgers at Petco Park.

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