Padres hope Jay can avoid DL stint after HBP

Right-handers Cashner, Ross also working through injuries, throw bullpen sessions

Padres hope Jay can avoid DL stint after HBP

BALTIMORE -- Jon Jay was out of the lineup Tuesday night, two days after being hit in the right forearm by a Gio Gonzalez fastball, and it appears the Padres' center fielder won't be available the next couple days, as well.

Still, the Padres are hopeful that Jay will avoid a stint on the disabled list after X-rays taken Sunday came back negative. Jay has been getting treatment and had his wrist wrapped tightly before Tuesday's game.

"I think it's a little early on for that," Padres manager Andy Green said when asked if a DL stint is possible. "We'll wait and see how he responds tomorrow. We kind of knew coming in that he got hit pretty good, and it was going to take a couple days before we really evaluated."

Jay has been the Padres' most consistent hitter this season, and he's been a force in June, batting .356/.390/.466. His 24 doubles lead the National League.

"After he got hit the other day, [we knew] we'd just give it a couple days to get it settled down, make sure he's feeling OK," Green said. "We'll stick with that plan."

Cashner, Ross throw 'pen sessions
Injured right-handers Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner are accompanying the Padres on their road trip, and both threw bullpen sessions Tuesday afternoon.

For Cashner -- who strained his neck during his June 10 start -- it was his first side session since landing on the disabled list. He even mixed in a few breaking balls, but he still doesn't appear likely to return immediately after his 15 days are up. Early July is a safer bet.

"I don't think he's, like, a long ways off, but getting back in the 15 is probably a little ambitious," Green said. "He's going to have to be stretched out a little bit in his next side session, make sure everything feels good. ... But today was a good step."

Ross, meanwhile, threw about 30 pitches -- double what he threw Saturday in his first 'pen session since injuring his right shoulder during the season's first week.

Ross began playing catch at the start of June, and so far, his progression has gone smoother than expected.

"From when we decided to start throwing him, everything has kind of been best-case scenario," Green said. "Still, there's still a lot of steps between now and pitching in a game with us."

Those steps will include a few more bullpen sessions, in which Ross must begin to incorporate his slider into the mix -- thus far, he has thrown only fastballs. Then, he'll likely need to face hitters in a live batting-practice session or two, before being sent on an extended rehab stint.

Padres sign 10th rounder White
The Padres have signed 10th-round Draft pick Boomer White, a second baseman out of Texas A&M. White will begin his professional career in Class A Short Season with the Tri-City Dust Devils.

White, who just wrapped up his redshirt sophomore season after transferring to A&M from TCU, was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year after batting .386/.462/.517.

According to MLB.com's Jim Callis, White's signing bonus was worth $30,000. With the deal, University of Florida center fielder Buddy Reed -- who is competing in the College World Series -- is the only player yet to sign among the Padres' picks in the first 10 rounds. Reed was the Padres' fourth pick in the Draft, selected with the 48th overall choice in the second round.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.