The final stretch
Listen, general manager Kevin Towers and manager Bud Black might already have a good idea of how some of these final roster spots — the bench job, Callix Crabbe and spots in the bullpen — will finally shake out, but they’re not saying, so we’re left to speculate what might happen this week.
Chase Headley’s departure to Minor League camp clears the picture some, as Jim Edmonds, I have to think, begins the season on the disabled list, meaning Paul McAnulty, he who is out of Minor League options, makes the team, as does non-roster invitee Jody Gerut, who will likely start in left field on Opening Day against the Astros.
But what about the bench, and the backup infielder with defensive on the brain, the guy the Padres want for that spot? Oscar Robles or Luis Rodriguez? A little interesting that neither is in the lineup today against the Angels but Crabbe is at third base. Maybe Crabbe is more on the bubble than we have thought?
Here’s today’s lineup for the 1:05 p.m. game in Tempe:
RF Brian Giles
2B Tadahito Iguchi
DH Adrian Gonzalez
1B Tony Clark
CF Jody Gerut
SS Khalil Greene
LF Scott Hairston
C Josh Bard
3B Callix Crabbe
SP Randy Wolf (scheduled to go six innings)