|Brian Giles goes on DL; Hoffman says arm's better|
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|Saturday, 26 May 2007 16:46|
To take his place on the roster, the Padres recalled infielder-outfielder Paul McAnulty from Triple-A Portland.
Giles missed five straight starts before the Padres decided to sit him down. The move was retroactive to last Sunday. Giles said he originally hurt his knee when he ran into a door in the outfield wall at Wrigley Field in mid-April, and tweaked it several days later chasing a fly ball at Colorado.
``From that point on is when I started feeling it pretty good the rest of the way,'' Giles said. ``But it was always playable until the last seven to eight days, and then it was a grind just to go out and play catch. There were a couple of times where it bit me pretty good. It just wasn't getting any better.''
Giles hopes to be activated in time for a home series against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers starting June 5.
``It's a bone, so it's hard to tell,'' Giles said. ``Hopefully we can calm it down and be ready to go then. It's a weird injury. It's not like a muscle where I can shoot it up or something. Bone's a little different.''
Giles, the older brother of Padres second baseman Marcus Giles, was hitting .276 with one home run and 12 RBIs.
McAnulty made the opening day roster but was optioned to Portland on April 18.
Meanwhile, closer Trevor Hoffman said his right arm ``wasn't very cranky'' a night after manager Bud Black held him out of a save situation. Hoffman, baseball's all-time saves leader with 495, said Friday night that his arm was sore after pitching in three of the previous four games.
He said he'd be available Saturday night if needed.
``I don't want to turn it into a big deal because it's happened over my career a lot of times, just trying to be smart within the realm of the workload,'' the 39-year-old Hoffman said. ``Was I capable of pitching last night? Absolutely. Was it a smart idea to recognize that my arm's a little cranky and another day would have benefited instead of possibly throwing and then taking a couple of steps back and then having to deal with more irritation? What's the saying, discretion is the better part of valor?''
With the Padres leading 8-6, fans who had been expecting Hoffman to come trotting out to AC/DC's ``Hells Bells'' instead got Scott Linebrink jogging out to Metallica's ``Enter Sandman.''
``They're kind of going, 'Whoa,' `` Hoffman said.
Linebrink said he's come to enjoy the show when Hoffman enters a game.
``That's a tough crowd. I guess you've got some hard-core AC/DC fans,'' said Linebrink, who prefers country music. ``A lot of people come to the yard to see that, so I can see how that would be a bit of a letdown.''