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Saturday, August 19, 2006
Padres' Greene goes on DL; Thompson promoted for fourth time

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Padres shortstop Khalil Greene was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left middle finger on Saturday, and rookie right-hander Mike Thompson was brought up from Triple-A for the fourth time this season to start against Arizona.

Thompson started in place of Clay Hensley, who reported a pain in his left buttocks in recent days.

"I kind of felt it after my last start," Hensley said after the Padres lost 5-3. "It's such a weird injury. I can't pinpoint when it happened. It's absolutely frustrating. I feel like I could have gone out there. But we weren't sure how far I could go."

Thompson was summoned Friday night from Las Vegas, where his Portland Beavers were playing. Had Hensley been able to pitch Saturday, Thompson would have flown to Portland to start Saturday night against Salt Lake.

Greene recently missed six games after injuring his left middle finger on a checked swing on Aug. 3 against Houston in San Diego. He returned a week ago Friday and was hit on the top of his left hand by a pitch from Brandon Backe at Houston on Sunday.

"I wasn't really productive," Greene said. "I couldn't do anything with the bat. It wasn't something that was going to get better in a couple of days. Hopefully, I can come back and be closer to 100 percent."

This is Greene's fourth trip to the DL in three seasons. He's previously been sidelined by two broken fingers and a broken toe.