On the second day … it rained
Well, I guess it’s only fair that if it rains in San Diego once in a while than it’s only fair the same occurs in Arizona. That’s what happened today.
On the second day of workouts for pitchers and catchers, rain fell in Peoria, though many of the pitchers were still able to get their work in. Any work on the practice field, though, like pitchers fielding practice (PFP) was scrubbed.
Padres manager Bud Black said that even if the rain continues on Sunday — it’s supposed to, though not nearly as much as Saturday — that it won’t be an issue for the pitchers and their preparation, mostly because it’s still so early in camp.
A few things of note:
Veteran Matt Stairs, who is in camp on a Minor League contract, showed up today and talked to the media. Stairs dropped 32 pounds in the off-season dieting and playing hockey in Maine, where he makes his off-season home. He had some great lines. You’ll have to check them out in my story, which will be live on Padres.com later Saturday.
Chris Young had his first bullpen session on Friday and felt fine after 40 pitches. Young is coming off shoulder surgery and has graduated from his rehabilitation program to the plan of the other Padres pitchers. I maintain that he’s a big key to the season. Keep an eye on his velocity this spring.
Also, I’ve been told that the Padres are highly unlikely to land free agent infielder Felipe Lopez. I doubt the Friday signing of Josh Barfield to a Minor League contract had anything to do with this. I’m thinking it’s more a case of the financial end and also that Lopez probably wants to play every day. Unless something dramatically changed here (moving Eckstein?), that wasn’t going to happen.
For breakfast Saturday, the Padres served, among other things, sausage wrapped in pancake batter. It looked just like a corn dog. I wasn’t brave enough to sample. In fact, I didn’t see too many players who did. Yogurt seems to be a popular choice among players, though again, I don’t really keep track. That would be weird.
Bud Black, given the news that the Diamondbacks will give pitcher Dan Haren the Opening Day nod, said, for obvious reasons, that he doesn’t have an Opening Day starter in mind for April 5. He did say it will either be Jon Garland, Chris Young or Kevin Correia. This hasn’t been a terribly difficult decision for Black in the past, as Jake Peavy started four Opening Day games from 2006-09.
Broadcaster Dick Enberg has been in camp the past few days, talking to coaches and others. It’s still a little strange (in a good way, for sure) to be in the same room and here him speak. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. Enberg (I keep wanting to type Ensberg, a former Padre) has some great stories and I’m sure will do a great job this season.
Corey Brock, MLB.com