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Stauffer excels in rehab for Storm
Padres pitcher hurls seven shutout innings in Minors outing
05/10/2012 12:55 AM ET
Tim Stauffer was 9-12 with a 3.73 ERA in 31 starts for San Diego in 2011.
Tim Stauffer was 9-12 with a 3.73 ERA in 31 starts for San Diego in 2011. (Lake Elsinore Storm)
Tim Stauffer saved his best for last Wednesday..

Stauffer gave up three hits and struck out five over seven innings in what was likely his final rehab appearance as Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore lost to High Desert, 6-5.

After allowing a pair of two-out first-inning singles, Stauffer rebounded to retire 17 straight. The veteran right-hander faced three over the minimum and recorded eight of his 21 outs via the groundout.

Stauffer has been on the disabled list since April 5 for the Padres with a strained right elbow. This is his third rehab outing, second with Lake Elsinore. In his previous appearance for the Storm, the 2003 first-round pick gave up two runs over 3 2/3 innings.

Stauffer is expected to rejoin San Diego next week. The Maine native was 9-12 with a 3.73 ERA in 31 starts for the Padres in 2011 and was second on the club with 128 strikeouts. Over his six-year career, Stauffer is 21-31 with a 3.91 ERA.

All-Star Carlos Quentin, also rehabbing for San Diego, was 0-for-3 with an RBI. Cory Spangenberg, the Padres' No. 5 prospect, was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

Steven Proscia had three hits, including a bases-clearing double in the eighth inning for the Mavericks. Patrick Brady hit a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning as High Desert rallied from a 5-0 deficit, scoring six times in the final two innings.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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