SAN DIEGO Shortstop Jack Wilson tonight was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained left middle finger.
Infielder Brian Bixler was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, and will join the team Sunday.
Wilson injured the finger during the home opener April 13, and it never fully healed.
“It’s pretty painful,” Wilson said. “I told (manager John Russell), ‘As long as I can play short, I’ll be out there.’ The last couple of days I’ve tried to do things differently to try to compensate for the pain catching balls different ways, fielding balls different ways and it’s getting to the point where it’s hurting us as a team, and it’s not getting any better.”
Wilson bobbled a grounder and made a fielding error in the 10th inning Friday, but said that wasn’t due to the injury. “That one came up and hit me in the thumb,” he said. “It was more the double play ball I caught with two hands. I never catch a double play ball with two hands.”
Wilson tried to take some fielding practice before Saturday’s game, but had to stop when a weak roller hit right on his sore finger. “It felt like someone stabbed me in the finger,” Wilson said.
Wilson said he won’t have to wear a splint on the finger. The tendons in his finger swell after he bats or plays catch, so a week or so of reduced activity and no grounders smashing into his hand should help.