Camp notes for Tuesday …
Welcome to Day 5 here in Peoria, and the second day for pitchers and catchers to workout. We got a little rain overnight but the sun is out. We’ll have some video a little later today here, so be sure and check back.
Here’s a few notes from our morning session with manager Bud Black:
The Padres have been linked with free agent Will Ohman as one of the three teams who have made an offer to the right-hander. I was told by a Padres team source late Monday that the chances of Ohman ending up in San Diego were a “long shot.” There’s a belief Ohman will sign elsewhere, perhaps Pittsburgh or Florida, for more money than the Padres want to spend.
Catcher Henry Blanco is still not in camp and is not expect to arrive in Peoria until Thursday with his official arrival in camp set for Friday. Blanco is tending to some family issues and, honestly, will not have missed much if he arrives on Friday. Any later, though, and that could be an issue as he’ll be learning an entire staff and that takes time and a lot of bullpen repitition.
Minor League pitcher Jackson Quezada, who is on the 40-man roster but not expected to make a run at a spot on the team, is still sidelined with soreness in his right shoulder. No word on the extent of the injury. Black said no tests are currently planned, only rest.
Position players report on Wednesday with physicals scheduled. The catchers, of course, are already here. Many more have shown up early — Cliff Floyd, the Gonzalez brothers, Chase Headley, Chris Burke, Scott Hairston and several Minor Leaguers. The first full-squad workout is set for Thursday.
We’re a week away from the Feb. 24 announcement of the official rosters for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Jake Peavy (USA), Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Hairston (Mexico) figure to be on the final rosters. We’re still not sure about Edgar Gonzalez (Mexico) but hope to get some clarity on that today. Edgar Gonzalez put on a hitting clinic at the Caribbean World Series recently and you would think he would stand a good chance of making it on the final roster.