San Diego (29-25) at Pittsburgh (20-35)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 3, 2006
  • TV: Ch4, FSPI
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The San Diego Padres only hope ace Jake Peavy isn’t out as long as fellow starter Shawn Estes.

Peavy will miss his scheduled start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday at PNC Park because of right shoulder tendinitis, leaving rookie Mike Thompson (2-1, 3.50 ERA) to start in his place.

“We talked to Jake, he’s fine, he understands this is probably the best thing,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s fine with it, and this will give him a few more days to get the tendinitis calmed down.”

Peavy will start on Tuesday against Milwaukee after eight days’ rest since his last start Sunday against St. Louis.

The news is much worse for Estes, however, who will have reconstructive left elbow surgery and be out for the rest of this season and possibly the start of 2007.

Estes, in his first year with the club, strained his elbow April 5. In rehabilitation last week, he felt discomfort and chose to have the surgery.

“He felt it on the 33rd pitch he threw, a curve ball, so he had another MRI and it showed some separation there,” Bochy said Friday. “This is why he’s having the surgery. There was a 20 percent chance, if he would continue to rehabilitate, he could pitch—and those aren’t very good odds.

“He’s talked to a lot of players and by far the consensus is this is the best thing, and we agree.”

For now, the Padres (29-25) will make do with Thompson, a rookie right-hander who has pitched well in his first three starts.

On Monday, he lost to Colorado, but only allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. Thompson has allowed only eight runs in his three starts.

Zach Duke (3-6, 4.27), who starts for Pittsburgh (20-35), snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Milwaukee on Monday, allowing three runs and 10 hits in 7 2-3 innings in a 14-3 victory.

The second-year left-hander has never faced the Padres.

San Diego beat Pittsburgh 7-0 in a rain-shortened, six-inning game in the series opener on Friday. The start of the game was delayed two hours and the rain intensified once the contest began, with large puddles forming around the field before the umpires called the game early.

“You’ll see them play (in a heavy rain) if they’ve got to get the last half of an inning in, but never for a whole game,” Padres infielder Mark Bellhorn said. “Anybody could have gotten hurt. There were puddles everywhere in the infield.”

Mike Piazza and former Pirate Brian Giles homered for the Padres, who have won three in a row and snapped Pittsburgh’s season-high four-game winning streak. The loss also cost the Pirates a chance to move out of last place in the NL Central for the first time this season.

“They started out and scored on us and the weather didn’t let up at all, so you knew it was going to be tough,” Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. “The field got to the point where they couldn’t do any more with it. The damage was done early and there wasn’t much else you could do.”

San Diego is 12-2 against NL Central teams this season.

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4-5 Record 10-15
4.99 ERA 4.47
35 K 117
30 BB 68
1.45 WHIP 1.50