Connor said Padilla told him, "The elbow hurts. ... It's good for a couple of innings, but then it tightens up and I can't get anything out of it. Everybody is playing well but I'm not, and I'm hurting the team. I could use some time off."
The Rangers are going to give it him. The earliest Padilla will return to the rotation will be July 17 against the Oakland Athletics. But this has been a problem for a long time, and the Rangers want to get it right. He was scratched from a start in Spring Training and again earlier this month because of the problem.
"I think he's had it since the beginning of Spring Training," Connor said. "It has been tolerable at times and not tolerable at other times. But I'm not watching the same guy I saw last year. His command is not nearly what it was, and his velocity fluctuates."
Padilla did not talk on Sunday but said last week, "It affects my control sometimes. It's just a little pain, but it is enough that I notice it. I'm pitching high in the zone, and I am getting hit hard. My control is not where it was last year."
His lack of endurance also has been obvious. Padilla took a shutout into the fifth inning in two of his last three starts, and both times he failed to get through that inning.
"This is best for Padilla," manager Ron Washington said. "Whether anybody wants to believe it, he is a competitor and he did try to battle through it."
Koronka is 5-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 13 starts at Oklahoma but 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA in two starts with the Rangers. Eyre is 2-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 18 relief appearances, and the Rangers are also considering Benoit, who has 55 Major League starts but none this year."
Brandon McCarthy pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings in a medical rehabilitation assignment with Oklahoma on Sunday and had no problems with the blister on his right middle finger.
But the Rangers are not going to rush him back because Padilla is going on the disabled list. The Rangers want McCarthy to make one more start before they activate him and that's going to be on Friday at Double-A Frisco.
McCarthy is supposed to get up to 75 pitches in his next start, and the Rangers would prefer he do that in Frisco rather than against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park.
Washington endorses Young:
Despite their record, the Rangers are still guaranteed at least one spot on the American League All-Star team. Pitchers Eric Gagne and Akinori Otsuka and outfielder Sammy Sosa are all possibilities, but Washington has strong feelings on who he feels it should be.
"Michael Young," Washington said. "If you go to the bullpen, it could be Aki or Gagne and C.J. [Wilson] has made a move here at the end. But it's Michael Young for me. This is the first time I've watched him on a daily basis, but everything I saw from the other side [as an A's coach] is running true. He lets it hang out every day and he's a hitting machine."
Young has played in three straight All-Star Games and was the Most Valuable Player last year. His chances of going this year were hurt by a bad start, but he went into Sunday's game hitting .393 in June, raising his overall average to .294.
"I really haven't thought about it," Young said. "I'd love to go the All-Star Game every year, but whatever happens. My goal is to have a great season, not just a great first half."
He said it:
"I wasn't feeling good that day, and I bunted for a single in my first at-bat. That's all I remember about it." -- First baseman Brad Wilkerson, on the four-year anniversary of hitting for the cycle while with the Montreal Expos in 2003
Saturday's Minor League top performers:
Gold: Shortstop Casey Benjamin led Frisco to a double-header sweep over Corpus Christi. He went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Game 1 leading the RoughRiders to a 10-3 victory. In Game 2, Benjamin went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 3-1 victory.
Class-A Spokane defeated Eugene, 6-4, as second baseman Renny Osuna went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. It was his third consecutive multi-hit game.
First baseman Nate Gold went 2-for-4 with three RBIs as Oklahoma knocked off Albuquerque, 9-5.
Marlon Byrd was out of the lineup for only the third time in 27 games since being called up from Triple-A on May 26. He has had a bruise on his left knee but Washington said he was just giving him a day off. ... The Rangers have placed Class-A Bakersfield outfielder Josh Bradbury on the disabled list and activated Johany Abreu.
Up next: The Rangers begin an eight-game road trip, beginning in Detroit on Monday at 6:05 p.m. CT. Right-hander Kameron Loe (3-6, 6.34 ERA) heads to the mound for the Rangers against right-hander Jeremy Bonderman (8-0, 4.01) of the Tigers.