Padres primer: 3/10/10

Happy Wednesday from Peoria. Feeling recharged after a day off. Ready to get back at it here.

We’ve got split-squad action here in the Valley for the first time this spring. There’s a game here in Peoria against the Brewers (12:05 p.m. PT) and another going on down the road in Goodyear against the Indians, also at 12:05 p.m. PT.

The game here against the Brewers will be broadcast on AM 1700 in San Diego. All the boys will be in the booth together. A special shout to Steve Masur, Andy Masur’s father who is visiting the Valley for a few days.

We’re looking at mostly sunny skies and 62 degrees today. The weather is set to get better later in the week, for those who are heading over for the weekend.

Anyway, let’s talk baseball, yes?

The starting lineup(s) …

vs. Brewers …

1. Gwynn, CF
2. Eckstein, 2B
3. Gonzalez, 1B
4. Hairston, LF
5. Venable, RF
6. Hairston Jr., SS
7. Hundley, 2
8. Forsythe, 3B
9. Gallagher, SP

Pitchers: Gallagher (3 innings), Latos 3, Luebke 2, Adams 1.

at Indians …

1. Cabrera, SS
2. Denorfia, CF
3. Headley, 3B
4. Blanks, LF
5. Salazar, 1B
6. Stairs, DH
7. Cunningham, RF
8. Ryan, C
9. Antonelli, 2B
Pitchers: LeBlanc (3 innings), Poreda 3, Castro 2, Russell 1.

Your Padres news …

The Padres got another encouraging outing from starting pitcher Chris Young. Read all about it here.

The Padres lost to the Angels, 5-4. Will Venable and Kyle Blanks provided some of the best offensive highlights. Here’s a link to the story and box score.

Back in the saddle …

Reliever Mike Adams, the Padres eighth-inning specialist last season with some unreal stats, has been mostly sidelined with a hamstring injury. The Padres have been cautious not to rush Adams back, certainly not seeing the need to get him in games before he’s ready. He’s on the team and these games don’t mean anything. Anyway, Adams will make his Cactus League debut today, throwing one inning against the Brewers.

Special visitor …

Manager Bud Black spent some time in his office Wednesday morning with Jim Dietz, the former San Diego State University baseball coach. Dietz, as Black said, was instrumental bringing Black from my home state of Washington to SDSU. Dietz, of course, was also the head coach at SDSU when Tony Gwynn played there before moving on to his Hall of Fame career with the Padres.

From the training room …

In addition to Adams throwing on Wednesday, the Padres have two other pitchers who have been nursing injuries, Joe Thatcher and Wynn Pelzer, close to getting into Cactus League games. Thatcher (shoulder tightness) and Pelzer (hamstring strain) will each throw live BP sessions today. If they come out of that fine, they could appear in games as soon as this weekend. Also, Edward Mujica (quad) and Ernesto Frieri (groin) could be ready to throw live BP in a few days. One more: Mark Worrell (TJ surgery last March) will appear in a game this weekend, meaning he’ll pitch less than one year after surgery. Pretty amazing.

No cuts, just yet …

Black said there will likely be the first cut of the camp coming up, possibly as early as the weekend. This will essentially mean moving players over to the Minor League camp who didn’t really have a shot at making the Padres’ 25-man Opening Day roster. The Padres can still use these players in Cactus League games. The purpose of the cuts are to get closer to that 25-man roster. The Padres have until Sunday, April 4 — the day before the regular-season opener in Arizona — to finalize their roster.

Corey Brock,,


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