Joyner Goes on DL
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ First baseman Wally Joyner, whose smooth defense and .321 average has been a factor in the San Diego Padres’ fast start, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a fractured left thumb.
The Padres recalled left-handed reliever Ron Villone from Class AAA Las Vegas.
Joyner, who had five homers and 33 RBIs, broke his thumb while breaking up a double play in the fourth inning of Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia. He was examined Monday morning at Scripps Medical Clinic by team doctor Jan Fronek and hand specialist Dr. Merlin Hamer. He was scheduled to have an MRI late Monday afternoon to determine if there is any ligament damage.
The Padres acquired Joyner from Kansas City on Dec. 21 for second baseman Bip Roberts and pitcher Bryan Wolff.
Villone, 26, has spent the entire season with the Las Vegas Stars, appearing in a team-leading 23 games. He was 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA and three saves. He struck out 29 and walked nine in 22 innings, allowing 13 hits. He did not give up a run in his first 12 outings, covering 10 1-3 innings, and in his last seven appearances has given up just one unearned run and three hits.
The Padres acquired Villone along with Marc Newfield from the Seattle Mariners last July 31 for Andy Benes and Greg Keagle.