Correia placed on bereavement list

Updated: May 11, 2010, 9:49 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Diego Padres right-hander Kevin Correia was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday following the death of his younger brother Saturday.

The man who replaced Correia in the rotation for a spot start is also away from the team now. San Diego placed right-hander Tim Stauffer on the 15-day disabled list after he needed an emergency appendectomy Tuesday morning -- two days after starting in Correia's place at Houston. The move is retroactive to Monday. San Diego recalled lefty Cesar Ramos from Triple-A Portland to fill Stauffer's spot.

San Diego also recalled righty Adam Russell from Portland to fill the roster spot of Correia, who could rejoin the team in time to make his next scheduled start Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Diego.

Manager Bud Black is tentatively planning to have Correia back to stay on turn.

"I think if I was to guess, he's looking forward to getting back on the mound," Black said before the Padres opened a three-game series against the NL West rival San Francisco Giants.

Correia's brother, 22-year-old Trevor Brent Correia, died after falling from a 60-foot cliff while hiking off the Santa Barbara coastline.

Stauffer stepped in Sunday, when Correia returned to San Diego.

This is a tough blow for the 27-year-old Stauffer, who is 2-1 with a 0.39 ERA in 10 appearances. He pitched five shutout innings in his start against the Astros.

Stauffer has had success this season in his new role as a reliever, and Black is hopeful he'll come back just as strong once he's healthy.

"He's bummed because he's not an active player," Black said. "He knows these things happen. Once he fully recovers he will be back and go on a rehab assignment and regain the form he had for the 31 games."

San Diego could get shortstop Everth Cabrera back this weekend. On the DL since April 30 with a strained right hamstring, Cabrera is on a rehab assignment with Class A Lake Elsinore. He was to play for the second straight game Tuesday night then have Wednesday off before possibly playing the entire nine innings Thursday.


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