Southpaw Shawn Estes, protagonist of Walkoff Walk's favorite comeback story of the early season, is going to have to make another comeback. After busting his ass for two years in the Padres minor league system to recover from Tommy John surgery, he's going back on the disabled list with a borkened thumb.
It was a bittersweet moment for Mr. Estes who had just collected his 100th career victory against the Cubs two weeks earlier. He 'celebrated' a Padres win over the Giants by tripping on the stairs between the visiting clubhouse and dugout at AT&T Park, breaking his left thumb.
Here's Shawn in his own, sad, self-deprecating words:
"I kind of feel I'm going to wake up at some point and say, 'That was a pretty realistic dream,' " said Estes, his badly swollen left thumb in a splint. "I've been through a lot the last couple of years. I'm very disappointed, borderline depressed. I'll have to stay as far away from the Golden Gate (Bridge) as I can for the next couple of days."
In happier news, Paul DePodesta's first experiment in his reign with the Padres starts tonight as Korean righthander Cha Seung Baek gets thrown into the fire against the NL-West-killing (14-2 record) Cubbies. Yipes.