Padres primer: 3/8/10

Happy Monday from Peoria!

Hey, it looks like we’re going to play a game today. The forecast calls for partly sunny skies, 60 degrees with a 20 percent chance of rain. We’ll take it after the monsoon yesterday. It’s exciting stuff.

It’s the Padres vs. Rockies at 1:05 p.m. local time and 12:05 p.m. PT. The game will be on AM 1700. Ted Leitner and Andy Masur are back from basketball duty. Jerry Coleman will be there as well. Good stuff.

Muhammad Ali was here at the Padres complex earlier today. Not often you get to hang in the same room with the champ.

Anyway, let’s talk baseball.

The starting lineup …

1. Gwynn, CF
2. Eckstein, 2B
3. Gonzalez, 1B
4. Headley, 3B
5. Blanks, LF
6. Venable, RF
7. Hundley, C
8. Cabrera, SS
9. Correia, SP

Pitchers:  Correia will start and go three innings, Richard 1, Ramos 2, Bell 1, Gregerson 1, Russell 1.

Your Padres news …

Pretty quiet day on Sunday here with the rained out game, though I caught up with reliever Craig Italiano, who has been impressive in camp. This is a name worth watching as we go forward into the season. He’ll likely start with Double-A San Antonio but could move fast.

Outfielder Scott Hairston, who was hit in the hand by a pitch on Saturday, will be fine. He suffered a broken blood vessel and won’t play today. He could return as soon as Tuesday.

A look ahead …

The Padres make their first road trip of the season on Tuesday, traveling to Tempe to play the Angels. Chris Young is schedule to throw three innings. Radhames Liz, who looked bad in his first appearance last week, allowing a grand slam, will go two innings. It’s early but he needs to show the staff something more, especially with so many good arms in the bullpen. My best guess is he begins the season with Triple-A Portland.

From the training room …

Reliever Joe Thatcher (shoulder tightness) has thrown two bullpen sessions and will throw a live batting practice session on Wednesday. He told me that he feels great and is looking to get into a game within the next week.

Remember him? …

The Padres signed reliever Scott Munter to a Minor League contract on Jan. 29. The move has pretty much flown under the radar, especially since Munter — who has appeared in 84 Major League games in his career — isn’t going to make the Padres’ 25-man roster and was signed for depth at the Triple-A Portland. Munter was 3-2 with a 4.75 ERA in parts of three seasons with the Giants. He was 4-6 with a 4.88 ERA with Triple-A Colorado Springs last season. He is 6-foot-6 and throws a heavy fastball. Again, he’s a name because of his experience. Just don’t expect to see him in San Diego anytime soon.

Boggs in town …

No, not Wade Boggs but John Boggs, the agent for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Boggs was in Peoria over the weekend visiting with clients. No, to answer your next question, he wasn’t here to meet with general manager Jed Hoyer. Boggs makes it a habit to meet with clients (like most agents do) during Spring Training. Gonzalez is client, as is (see above) Scott Munter.

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More later as it happens here, Padres.com, Twitter (@FollowThePadres) and Facebook (Follow The Padres).

Corey Brock, MLB.com

1 Comment

Any minor league players added today?

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