Maddux out with minor abdominal strain

Maddux scratched with ab strain

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Greg Maddux was scratched from his scheduled start against the White Sox on Monday with what manager Bud Black referred to as a "mild, lower abdominal strain."

Maddux was scheduled to come down from Peoria for the middle game of the Padres' three-day set in Tucson, but a decision was made on Monday morning to hold him back from his start. Tim Stauffer took the hill in his place.

"I think it occurred on one of his last pitches on his previous outing," Black said. "I think he'll be able to make his next start. We felt as though he was close to making this start. It's probably playable during the season, but why push it March 12?"

Maddux's last start was against the Cubs on Thursday. He pitched three innings and gave up two runs on five hits while striking out one.

In his bullpen session between starts, Maddux felt the strain at the release point of his wind up.

"No need to push it," said Black. "He's fine. His arm feels great. His legs feel good. His pitch count is such that this won't be a major issue in terms of getting his pitch count where he needs to be."

In two Cactus League starts, Maddux has posted a 3.60 ERA over five innings, yielding seven hits and two walks while posting four strikeouts.

Maddux has made one trip to the disabled list during the course of his 21-year big-league career. He was inactive from April 5-13, 2002.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.