Injury updates in Padres' system

David Delucchi and Michael Johnson are both nearing their return, while Pete LaForest and Joey Gomes have been delayed in getting back on the field. After a rough stretch of leg injuries to start the year, the organization seems to be stabilizing.

David Delucchi's sprained ankle is recovering nicely. He is eligible to come of the DL and the team will likely make a move with him in the next week.

Pete LaForest's recovery from a strained oblique is going well, but his elbow started giving him trouble once he started throwing last week. He's looking at another week before the team can re-evaluate it and decide when he might be ready to come back.

Pitcher Kenny Baugh is pitching in games at extended spring training to build up his arm strength. The righty, acquired via trade from Detroit in the offseason, was throwing in the low-80s this spring before he had to shut it down with shoulder soreness. The timetable for his return is not yet clear.

Michael Johnson, who left the first game of the year with a hamstring injury, is healing nicely. He is working out in Mobile and should be back in the lineup within the week.

Outfielder Joey Gomes, who strained his hamstring in the last week of spring training, is still feeling some pain while rehabbing in the desert and is likely more than a week away. He and the team had hoped he would be back by now.

Righty Bobby Basham, who went on the DL with shoulder soreness last week, is throwing already. At this point, the team doesn't think this is a recurrence of the torn labrum which sidelined him for all of the 2004 season.

Lake Elsinore
Yordany Ramirez's back and oblique issues remain something of a mystery. The toolsy outfielder has been having trouble since early in spring training and landed on the shelf after struggling through the first two weeks of the season.

Outfielder Josh Howard jammed his thumb sliding head first earlier in the week. Although at first the club was concerned it might be a break, it appears to be a soft-tissue issue, and he should return when his stint on the DL is completed.

Matt Bush is still in the walking boot for his broken ankle and is at least four to six weeks away from any game activity with the Storm. Bush sustained the injury chasing down a foul ball in the last week of spring training.

Fort Wayne
Currently, no Wizards are on the disabled list.

Extended Spring
Murray Hopley continues to have trouble bouncing back from his shoulder surgery almost a year after he went under the knife. He likely will see a doctor in San Diego in the next week or two.

Right-handed pitcher Vern Sterry, who last appeared in an official game July 1, has been throwing in extended spring training, building up his arm. While there was concern early in camp that he might be looking at major surgery, it appears rest and conditioning has done the trick.

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