Padres place Denorfia on DL

The San Diego Padres have placed outfielder Chris Denorfia on

the disabled list before Saturday’s game against the Pirates

because of a strained right hamstring.

San Diego recalled outfielder Blake Tekotte, less than 48 hours

after optioning him to Double-A San Antonio.

Denorfia had not played since leaving a game last Sunday. He had

been working out attempting to return but manager Bud Black said

the team finally decided it couldn’t play a man short any

longer.

A 24-year-old rookie, Tekotte is making his third stint with the

Padres this season. He was called up on Monday and appeared in two

games before being sent back down when reliever Joe Thatcher

returned from the disabled list.

A .275 hitter in 394 career minor league games, Tekotte is 6 for

24 with an RBI and two stolen bases in 12 games for the Padres.