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Padres place Mark Kotsay on DL

The San Diego Padres placed outfielder Mark Kotsay on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a lower back strain.

Kotsay has not played since leaving last Saturday's win over the Phillies due to tightness in his lower back.

In 18 games this season Kotsay is batting .294 with one home run and six RBI. He began the season on the disabled list with a strained right calf and was reinstated on April 16.

The Padres recalled outfielder Blake Tekotte from Triple-A Tucson to fill the vacated roster spot. Tekotte, who has already appeared in five games with the parent club this season, has hit .283 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 28 games with Tucson.