Sterling Hitchcock, 33, was forced to leave his last start August 22 vs. Florida after four innings due to the injury. An MRI conducted yesterday showed no structural damage. Hitchcock is scheduled to begin rehabbing today, a throwing program in 10 days, and barring any setback, return to the Padres in approximately three weeks.
In 2004, Hitchcock made four starts with the Padres going 0-3 with a 6.33 ERA (15 ER/21.1 IP). Hitchcock is currently in his second turn with the Padres having signed with the club as a free agent on December 18, 2003. In his original tour with San Diego, Hitchcock was a member of the Padres 1998 NL Championship team, earning NLCS Most Valuable Player honors after going 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA (1 ER/10.0 IP).
Over parts of 12 Major League seasons with the New York Yankees (1993-95 and 2001-03), Seattle Mariners (1996), St. Louis Cardinals (2003) and Padres (1997-2001 and 2004), Hitchcock has a career record of 74-76 with a 4.80 ERA (685 ER/1285.2 IP).
Dennis Tankersley, 25, made seven appearances (four starts) with the Padres earlier this season, going 0-3 with a 3.20 ERA (9 ER/25.1 IP). The right-hander held the opposition to three runs or less in each of his four starts while not allowing a run in two of his three relief appearances. The Padres' 2001 Minor League Pitcher of the Year struck out a career-high nine May 28 at Milwaukee. In 19 starts with the Beavers in 2004, Tankersley went 7-4 with a Pacific Coast League-leading 3.15 ERA (42 ER/120.0 IP). Over parts of three Major League seasons with the Padres (2002-04), Tankersley is 1-8 with a 7.28 ERA (62 ER/76.2 IP) in 25 games (14 starts).
Brian Buchanan, 31, appeared in 38 games with the Padres in 2004, batting .200 (12-for-60) with two home runs and six RBI. Over parts of five Major League seasons with the Minnesota Twins (2000-02) and Padres (2002-04), Buchanan has a career average of .259 (198-for-764) with 32 home runs and 103 RBI in 344 games.