D-backs outfielder Justin Upton was held out of Tuesday's starting lineup with a sore left thumb. However, he was put into the game as a defensive substitution in the bottom of the 11th inning, playing right field. He did not bat. Upton jammed his thumb while sliding into second base to break up a double play in the seventh inning on Sunday afternoon against the Giants. Upton hopes to be back in the starting lineup as early as Wednesday after X-rays taken were negative. "It swelled up a little bit on me," Upton said. "It's a little sore and I went and swung and it didn't feel quite right. Obviously take a day to try to get it right. It's not too bad. It's one of those things where you'd rather be cautious early on than push it early on." Padres: Kotsay to start rehab stint Wednesday
Outfielder Mark Kotsay, on the disabled list since April 1 with a strained right calf, will start a Minor League rehab assignment on Wednesday with Class A Lake Elsinore. Suffering the strain in a Cactus League game in Arizona on March 31, Kotsay will be able to return April 16, when the Padres open a three-game series against the Rockies on the road. "We'll evaluate him each day as he goes, but he's been feeling fine," Padres manager Bud Black said. Worth Noting
Prior to Tuesday's game against the D-backs, the Padres honored The Mission Continues, the first charity the team has highlighted this season. The Mission Continues is committed to helping post-9/11 veterans rebuild a sense of purpose at home through community service. Willie Bloomquist extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a first-inning single Tuesday. His career-high hitting streak is 12 games, which he accomplished from July 3-23, 2005, while with Seattle.