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Woody Williams


Williams began his rehabilitation assignment by not allowing a hit in three innings of a Class A game Wednesday and is on target to rejoin the Padres by July 1. The right-hander, who has been on the disabled list since May 13 because of a strained left calf, struck out five and walked one for Lake Elsinore against Rancho Cucamonga. "He said the calf felt good. There's a little stiffness in the elbow," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday.


Williams is expected to throw a bullpen session on Friday as he tries to come back from a left calf strain that has him on the Padres' 15-day disabled list since May 13. The 39-year-old right-hander suffered the injury when he was running to third base on a ground-rule double by Dave Roberts in the Padres' 10-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on May 12. There is no timetable for the his return.


Williams was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left calf strain suffered in the Padres' 10-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. He suffered the injury running to third base on a ground-rule double by Dave Roberts.


Williams left his Friday start at Wrigley Field after straining his left calf while running the bases in the second inning. He came up limping as he approached third base on a ground-rule double by Dave Roberts. Clay Hensley, San Diego's starter on Sunday, pinch-ran for Williams, who was relieved by Brian Sweeney at the end of the half-inning.


Williams posted his first win in more than a month, allowing just one run on six hits over seven innings of work in Thursday's 2-1 victory over the New York Mets. The Padres' veteran righthander, who had lost his previous three decisions, walked one batter and fanned a season-high eight.


Williams has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the San Diego Padres after missing more than a month with a strained left oblique muscle. The veteran righthander is slated to take the mound against Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, filling in for staff ace Jake Peavy, who will be skipped because of an upper respiratory infection.


Williams would come off the disabled list to pitch Sunday if Jake Peavy is unable to take his usual turn in the Padres' rotation.


Williams reported no problems with his strained oblique muscle after tossing 60 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday, and he is scheduled to throw again (long toss) on Thursday. Barring any setbacks, the Padres' righthander, who has been sidelined for a month, will make a minor league rehab start over the weekend, according to manager Bruce Bochy. He should return to the Padres' rotation within the next two weeks.


Williams, on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, took part in some long tossing on Frday. The Padres hope he will be able to start throwing off of a mound early next week.


Williams continues to be bothered by soreness in his strained oblique, and he has yet to be cleared to resume throwing. As a result, the Padres do not expect the veteran righthander to be back in action for at least another couple of weeks. Darrell May will remain in San Diego's starting rotation until Williams can return.

The Padres are not going to rush Williams back until he is completely pain-free, so expect him to miss at least the rest of the month. He is 2-2 with a 4.84 ERA in six games this season.


Williams has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the San Diego Padres, retroactive to May 2. The veteran righthander, who is 2-2 with a 4.84 ERA in six games this season, strained a muscle in his side during his start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. He will be replaced on the roster by lefthanded reliever Randy Williams.

Darrell May will step into the Padres' starting rotation during Williams' absence. His first start of the season is scheduled for Friday.