Padres primer: 3/15/10

Good afternoon (and not morning) from Peoria, where we’re settling in for our first night game of the spring. We can probably thank the boys from Chan. 4 for being able to sleep in, as they will be broadcasting the game live tonight.

Of course, Andy, Ted and Jerry will have the call on XX 1090 AM back in San Diego. Had a nice breakfast with Andy Masur and his father, Steve, who is visiting from Chicago). Good people … and that Andy isn’t bad either.

Oh, the Padres are playing the Giants, who were kind enough to send over the roster of the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies for the game.

Anyway, moving on to baseball.

The starting lineup …

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

The pitchers:
Latos is schedule to go 4 innings, then 1 inning by Edward Mujica followed by four innings by Wade LeBlanc.

Wait, what about Gallagher? …

Yes, Sean Gallagher was originally set to throw tonight but he has been pushed back to the game Wednesday. No injuries or soreness, but the Padres made cuts today (see below) and are trying to spread out their pitchers to cover the game. Gallagher, of course, is in the race for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. Remember, though, he can still make the team as a long reliever. The same won’t be said for Latos. It’s either the rotation or Triple-A seasoning. Stay tuned to this one.

About those cuts …

The Padres made their first cut on Monday and, honestly, there was no surprises in the mix.

The three players reassigned to Minor League camp were catcher Mitch
, catcher Michael Collins and right-handed pitcher Jackson
. Left-handed pitchers Aaron Poreda and Cesar Ramos were optioned to
Portland. Another left-handed pitcher, Steve Garrison, and right-handed
pitcher Craig Italiano were sent to San Antonio. Poreda allowed nine earned runs and seven walks in 2 1/3 innings. Ramos will be part of what figures to be a deep staff in Portland.

From the training room …

Few updates here, though Scott Hairston (calf) was to take batting practice on Monday. Still no timetable for his return, though I would guess if today goes well we could see him in the next few days. Hairston, not that it matters, is still looking for his first hit of the spring. … Joe Thatcher (tight shoulder) will make his Cactus League debut on Tuesday against the Angels. … Cesar Carrillo and Wynn Pelzer (both hamstrings) aren’t close to returning. Finally, Luis Perdomo (knee) is coming a long.

About Latos workload …

A few weeks ago, Padres general manager Jed Hoyer told me Matt Latos would likely throw between 140-150 innings this season. On Monday, manager Bud Black said that number could be anywhere between 150-190. My guess is there’s no hard number for where the team will shut down Latos for sure. But the Padres will certainly be watching the number of innings. “Pitch count and workload are being scrutinized more than ever [throughout baseball,” Black said.

Corey Brock,,


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