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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Padres put Park back on DL, narrow down issue

Associated Press

Chan Ho Park

SAN DIEGO -- Padres right-hander Chan Ho Park received two more units of blood as doctors worked to narrow down the cause of intestinal bleeding that put him back on the 15-day disabled list for the second time in less than a month.

"They think they have found the source of the bleeding," trainer Todd Hutcheson said about an hour before Tuesday night's game against the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. "Once they have confirmed that, they're going to figure out how to get it stopped."

Park lost about one-third of his blood volume since the bleeding in his small intestine began again on Monday morning, Hutcheson said. Park was hospitalized overnight. He received one unit of blood on Monday night and another on Tuesday morning.

Park first experienced intestinal bleeding in late July while the team was in Colorado, reporting that he felt lethargic. He flew back to San Diego for tests and was placed on the disabled list. The Padres said then that they believed Park bled in his small intestine, losing half his blood volume, but the bleeding spontaneously stopped.

Park received three units of blood in two separate transfusions in early August.

Park was activated on Aug. 11 and made two starts. He was scratched from his start Monday night. Righty Tim Stauffer was hastily summoned from Triple-A Portland to make the start, throwing six strong innings in a 4-2 win.

"Chan Ho wanted to pitch yesterday," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He said, 'Hey, I'm fine to pitch.' But there was too much of a risk."

On Monday, "his blood levels were starting to head back down to the point where if we didn't start trying to find out where he was bleeding from or why he was bleeding, we'd be back in the same situation we were in back in Colorado," Hutcheson said. "It wasn't at any dangerous levels but he was actively bleeding."

Doctors ran tests on Park all day Tuesday. Hutcheson said they were the same tests that were run before.

"The difference was this time he was actively bleeding. Last time, by the time we flew him back and they started looking into why was bleeding, they ran the tests and he had stopped bleeding," he said.

Hutcheson said there might be a cluster of blood vessels in Park's small intestine that somehow got ruptured.

To take Park's roster spot, rookie Mike Thompson was promoted from Triple-A Portland for the fifth time this season. Thompson was recalled on Saturday to start after Clay Hensley was injured. He was optioned back to Portland on Sunday but remained in San Diego.

The defending NL West champion Padres, trying to stay in playoff contention, had to shuffle their pitching Saturday, Sunday and Monday because of injuries to starters. Bochy thinks the situation might have stabilized.

Thompson was in the bullpen for Tuesday night's game. He'll likely start Friday night at Colorado, followed by Clay Hensley. Hensley missed his start Saturday with a buttocks injury but pitched four innings Sunday, when Chris Young lasted only one inning because of a strained muscle in his upper back.

Young will skip his next start, and Bochy thinks he'll be ready to start Tuesday at Arizona, following Jake Peavy and Woody Williams.

"We're optimistic Chris is going to be fine, and when Chan Ho's time is up, he'll be fine," Bochy said.