Peavy has been scratched from Saturday’s scheduled start due to a sharp pain in his right shoulder. The pain is being called mild soreness and the Padres have opted to give Peavy some time off.
“We just feel it will be in our best interest not to have him out there Saturday,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. “With Jake, it’s going to be important to get him right—and get him out there, too. You don’t want him to miss too much time.”
San Diego can afford to be careful with a seven-game lead over San Francisco in the West. The Padres have tentatively set Peavy’s next start for Sept. 16 against Washington.
Bochy will give the baseball to rookie Clay Hensley, who makes his first major league start.
“I’ve been a starter all my life until now,” Hensley said, “So I’d love the opportunity to finally pitch in the role I’m used to pitching in, and work through the lineup a little, as opposed to getting three outs.”
Hensley has made 16 appearances out of the bullpen for the Padres, posting a 2.25 ERA. The 26-year-old right-hander has not started since he pitched for Triple-A Portland on July 16.
Los Angeles starter Derek Lowe has excelled in three starts against San Diego this season, going 1-1 with an 0.78 ERA. Lowe has not allowed an earned run over his last 16 innings overall.
The right-hander gave up an unearned run and four hits over seven innings but did not receive a decision in a 3-1 loss to San Francisco on Monday. Los Angeles has scored one run in three of Lowe’s last four outings.
San Diego reduced its magic number for clinching the West to 17 with a 3-1 victory on Friday. Ramon Hernandez’s leadoff homer in the fourth inning triggered a three-run outburst and four relievers combined for 3 1-3 scoreless innings.
The Dodgers fell eight games behind the Padres and dropped into third place.