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Padres not concerned about Stauffer's workload

Posted on: August 29, 2011 11:29 pm
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StaufferBy Evan Brunell

Tim Stauffer isn't exactly a household name, but leads the Padres with 166 innings pitched during a career season. Over 27 starts, Stauffer has a 3.67 ERA, striking out 114 and walking 43, limiting batters to five home runs.   The innings pitched are a career-high at the MLB level, more than double his previous high. But Stauffer has survived three 150-inning seasons in the past and is not a baby at age 29.

"Everything is going good. The delivery is the same," Stauffer told MLB.com. "In years past, I have felt as good at the end of the season as I did at the beginning. For the most part, I've felt pretty consistent. I think I've missed maybe one bullpen [session between starts]."

"We're watching him, but he's not showing any fatigue or arm issues at all," Padres manager Bud Black added.

The former first-round pick was once a heralded prospect, but arm injuries derailed his career before it even began, being selected in the draft and then being revealed as damaged goods. He struggled through injuries over the year, although he did eventually work his way to the majors but was an afterthought until he made 14 starts in 2009 as a 27-year-old and impressed. He pitched out of the bullpen sensationally last season and survived a late-season tryout in the rotation. Now, he's getting a chance to stick long-term in the rotation.

"Going into the spring, my goal was to make every start. I'm happy with the durability and how I've bounced back," Stauffer said.

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