The Padres' 7-1 win Sunday was marred when first baseman Phil
Nevin left with suspected torn cartilage in his right knee and
David Wells had another impressive start interrupted when he fouled
a ball off the inside of his right ankle.
Nevin was taken for an MRI. If he has torn cartilage, he'll
require arthroscopic surgery and could be out for a minimum of two
weeks. Ryan Klesko will move from left field to first base starting
Monday night, when the Padres host Roger Clemens and the Houston
Wells (4-5) fouled a ball off his ankle in the sixth and hobbled
around in pain. He was tended to by a trainer and finished his
at-bat, striking out swinging, but didn't go out for the seventh.
"I've been throwing pitches and guys have been fouling stuff
off their feet for years and now I got the first taste of it,"
said Wells, who expects to be able to make his next start.
Until signing with the Padres in the offseason, the 41-year-old
lefty spent the majority of his career in the AL and didn't have to
bat. His only other NL experience was with Cincinnati in the second
half of the 1995 season.
"It was stinging pretty good," Wells said. "I've got
sensitive feet, I guess. But I felt great pitching. You don't want
to come out of ballgames like that, especially when you're just
throwing strike after strike after strike, and you're making your
pitches and having some short innings."
Wells, who won consecutive starts for the second time this
season, struck out a season-high seven and allowed four runs in six
innings. He didn't walk a batter.
Nevin, the cleanup hitter, was forced out two innings earlier.
Nevin singled to center field off rookie Mike Wood in the fourth
and looked OK as he broke out of the box, but then began limping a
few steps down the line. He was checked out by trainers at first
base and left the game. Nevin walked gingerly as he went down the
Nevin missed a game at Arizona last week with a sore right knee.
"He's been feeling it a little bit there," manager Bruce Bochy
said. "He's been getting treatment. They thought it was a piece of
cartilage moving around, and it looks like it moved in a tough spot
The Padres won for the 10th time in 13 games and swept
consecutive home series, dating to their last homestand, for the
first time since 1999.
The Royals, just 10-26 on the road, fell a season-high 21 games
Wells and two relievers combined on a six-hitter against the
Royals, who at 29-50 have the AL's worst record. Ricky Stone
allowed Ken Harvey's 10th homer of the season in the ninth, ending
the shutout bid.
"It's tough, but we must continue to teach the young guys how
to play the game," manager Tony Pena said. "We are going to make
mistakes, and you saw the results today."
Wells retired the first nine Royals batters before Jose Bautista
singled to right leading off the fourth. Rookie shortstop Khalil
Greene then made a great play on Tony Graffanino's grounder to
start a double play, diving to his right to catch the ball and
rolling over and throwing to second baseman Mark Loretta.
Greene hit an RBI double off rookie Wood (1-1) before Wells came
up to bat in the sixth, and Mark Loretta added a sacrifice fly to
give the Padres a 4-0 lead.
Quintero had two RBI, and Ryan Klesko and Jeff Cirillo, who
replaced Nevin, each scored twice.
Wood, making his third big league start, allowed four runs,
three earned, on seven hits in five-plus innings. He struck out six
and walked four.
^Notes:@ Harvey and Padres 2B Mark Loretta were picked as reserves
to the All-Star teams. ... Royals 1B Mike Sweeney sat out again
with a stiff back. ... Darren Bragg, signed as a free agent
Saturday night, had a pinch-hit infield single in his Padres debut.
... Stone also made his Padres' debut. ... General manager Kevin
Towers said the Padres have asked the Diamondbacks what it would
take to acquire center fielder Steve Finley, who played for San
Diego from 1995-98. The Padres are waiting to hear back. "We've
got several other things we're working on," Towers said.