Padres primer: 3/5/10
Happy Friday from Peoria. We’re expecting sun and 72 degrees today.
The Padres play their second game of the spring today against the Seattle Mariners. Again, the game will be at the Peoria Sports Complex.
First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. locally and 12:05 p.m. PT. Today’s game can he heard on AM XX 1090. Ted Leitner and Jerry Coleman will be on the call. My good buddy Andy Masur is in Las Vegas today, calling the University of San Diego men’s basketball game in the WCC tourney.
The starting lineup …
1. Cabrera, SS
2. Eckstein, 2B
3. Headley, 3B
4. Blanks, LF
5. Salazar, 1B
6. Venable, RF
7. Hundley, C
8. Cunningham, DH
9. Denorfia, CF
Pitchers — Latos (2 innings), LeBlanc (2), Gallagher (2), Poreda, Italiano, Quezada.
Your Padres news …
A recap of Thursday’s news: Chris Young was very encouraged by his outing on Thursday, even though his command was a little shaky.
Also, prospect Logan Forsythe talked about playing some second base and how it might help get him to the Major Leagues quicker.
And, if you missed it, a recap from Thursday’s 9-3 loss to the Mariners.
As we’ve talked about, Forsythe will see some time at 2B this spring to get him some at-bats. The Padres haven‘t decided if he’ll move there on a permanent basis. … Also, manager Bud Black wants to get Jerry Hairston Jr., some time at 3B. Look for Hairston Jr., to start at SS on Saturday. … Extra position players for Friday’s game include catcher Dusty Ryan, Mitch Canham (who will also play some OF, 3B and 1B), Michael Collins and Chris Stewart.
From the training room …
Black said Friday that pitcher Ryan Webb (hip) is close to being fully recovered. He’ll likely throw in Sunday’s game. Also, Wynn Pelzer (hamstring) and Edward Mujica (quad strain) won’t likely appear in a game for another week. Mike Adams (leg) is about 4-6 days away from returning. Mark Worrell, coming off TJ surgery, could pitch in a game in the next week. Joe Thatcher (tight arm) is getting closer. Ernesto
Frieri (groin) isn’t close. Minor
League infielder Lance Zawadzki (ankle) is getting better, Black said, and could appear in a game soon.
From the right …
I talked to Chase Headley this morning about what he felt was a pretty good 0-for-3 in the Thursday loss to the Mariners. Remember kids, you can have good at-bats without getting a hit. He put a couple of nice swings on balls from each side of the plate Headley, a switch-hitter who is a natural right-handed hitter, hit .244 last season against left-handed pitchers. He’s worked on keeping his hands near his body so that his bat doesn’t take a poor path to the ball, as was the case when he hit right-handed last season. He went his first 80 at-bats last season before hitting a home run from the right side. All told, he would hit three home runs in eight days from the right side.
About the ballpark …
We’ve talked a lot about how the Padres are trying to build a team to fit the ballpark. This is something new general manager Jed Hoyer has talked about as has Black. Black said on Friday that two important elements to have on your roster for a team playing 81 home games in the ballpark is a speed element in the outfield and player(s) with true, raw power. Gwynn and Venable have that speed element on defense and Blanks and Gonzalez certainly have that true raw power. Also, newcomer Aaron Cunningham can run pretty well. He had a steal on Thursday.
On the other side …
The Mariners are putting out their ‘A” lineup today: Ichiro, Figgins, Bradley, Griffey Jr., Lopez. Should be fun to watch those guys. They have certainly made a bunch of changes from what their roster looked like last season. Former Padres front office guy Jeff Kingston is now an assistant general manager for the Mariners. Good hire for them.
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Corey Brock, MLB.com, Padres.com, Twitter: FollowThePadres