Morning notes from Peoria …
Hey, one week down and, gulp, only six left? Wow, time sure flies out here in Arizona and, I have to admit, things are picking up now that the full-squad workouts have gotten underway. Games next week, too, so that will spice things up a little, though it might cut into my video time. But, alas, I’ll adapt. Please give me your thoughts on the video or let me know who you would like to see interviewed. I’ll do my best.
So, as for notes from this morning. We talked with manager Bud Black about a few interesting things. It appears Minor League right-handed pitcher Gabe DeHoyos will be sidelined for a bit with a strained left hamstring. He was scheduled to pitch on Friday. Black said that the team trainers “have it under control.”
Catcher Henry Blanco reported to camp on Friday for his first day of workouts. Blanco missed the first six or so days of workouts while attending to family business in Venezuela. I hope to talk to him today and we’ll have a story up on Padres.com.
On Saturday, pitchers will throw their first round of live batting practice to hitters. It will make sure to get some footage of that. It’s always interesting, especially since the pitchers always seem to be ahead of the hitters at this point.
Black indicated that the team will look at newcomer Kevin Correia more as a starting pitcher than a reliever early on in camp. That was essentially my guess all along, that Correia, who wants to start, was signed to a Minor League deal to win a job in the back end of the starting rotation. I imagine we’ll see him early in Cactus League play next week.
The buzz back in my home state of Washington, especially in Seattle, is the Mariners recent signing of outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. Griffey will be in Peoria on Saturday and will have a press conference across the parking lot at the Mariners’ facility. For what it’s worth, Black actually faced Griffey once. It was 1988, Griffey’s second in professional baseball and Black was on an injury rehabilitation assignment while with the Indians. Black threw five shutout innings for the Royals’ Double-A team in Williamsport.