The occupational hazards of being a manager …
Hey, no one said this managerial stuff would be easy. Not when you lose 99 games, like these Padres did a year ago and certainly not on Friday when Bud Black found himself trying to duck and cover from a bat that flew out of the hands of catcher Eliezer Alfonzo.
Black, who was watching the action from the top rail of the dugout, managed to get his arms up to protect his face but was still hit in the forearm. He put on a good show for the MLBN cameras who were covering the game, though he admitted Saturday that he was in pain.
Anyway, Black will be in Surprise today, back on the top rail, when the Padres face the Royals. Here’s today’s lineup:
CF, Jody Gerut
SS, Chris Burke
RF, Brian Giles
1B, Adrian Gonzalez
DH, Cliff Floyd
LF, Emil Brown
2B, Edgar Gonzalez
C, Henry Blanco
3B, Travis Denker
SP, Kevin Correia (will throw two innings)
Today’s pitchers: Correia 2, Heath Bell, Cla Meredith, Mark Worrell, Chris Britton, Scott Patterson, Oneli Perez, Mike Ekstrom.
Morning notes: Black said Chad Reineke is sidelined by a “tweaked” back, something that he suffered recently in a postgame workout. He could return sometime next week. … With infielders Adrian and Edgar Gonzalez and Pete Ciofrone headed to the WBC, Black said that Minor League infielders Sean Kazmar and Brett Dowdy will be in Major League camp for the time being to lend infield depth. … Chad Huffman and Drew Macias, both outfielders by trade, will see time at first base with Adrian Gonzalez gone.