Latos to DL, Deduno on Padres 25-man roster

PEORIA, Ariz. –- The Padres added Minor League right-hander Samuel Deduno to the 25-roster and officially placed Mat Latos on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday as the club played its final Cactus League game of the spring against the Brewers at Peoria Stadium.

Latos has a strain of his right shoulder, but the good news is that he is significantly improving, manager Bud Black said, and will travel with the team to St. Louis for the season opener. If everything goes as planned, Latos will throw off the mound on Thursday prior to the game against the Cardinals at Bush Stadium.

“Latos is doing well,” Black said. “He’ll play catch today and probably tomorrow and if things go well hopefully a side session on Thursday in St. Louis. But he’s doing much better. We think he’s turned the corner in regard to the inflammation.”

Latos last threw against the White Sox here on March 21 and reported soreness in his shoulder two days later. The White Sox scored three runs in the first inning that night without recording an out before Latos settled down to pitch into the fifth inning.

Latos struggled this spring, allowing 10 earned runs, 16 hits and nine walks over 10 innings in his four starts.

In other news, the Padres made a Minor League trade on Tuesday sending Single-A first baseman Allan Dykstra to the Mets for Double-A reliever Eddie Kunz. Dykstra, a San Diego product out of Rancho Bernardo High School, was a first-round selection (23rd overall) in the 2008 First-Year Player draft and was a questionable choice from the very beginning because of degenerative hip condition. The right-handed Kunz was 7-8 with a 5.34 ERA in 42 appearances (12 starts) last season for Double-A Binghamton.

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