Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Stauffer makes self-diagnosis via iPhone
Tim Stauffer, the San Diego Padres right-hander, is 2-1 this season as a spot starter.
Early Tuesday morning, he took a loss. His appendix.
Not only can he pitch, it turns out he can diagnose maladies, too. Stauffer had called up a medical website on his iPhone, entered his symptoms and came up with what could be appendicitis, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Stauffer then called Padres head trainer Todd Hutcheson from his hotel room and described his findings.
"He had himself diagnosed," said Hutcheson to the newspaper. "He said, 'I think I have appendicitis.' "
Later that morning, Stauffer had his appendix removed laparoscopically without complications and was placed on the disabled list.
Stauffer was in line for a possible start this weekend against the Dodgers at Petco Park.