Padres primer: 3/17/10

Happy Wednesday and certainly a Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Peoria. We’re about ready to head over to Surprise! for a game against the Royals. This will our first look at the Royals this spring. I know, try to contain yourself.

Anyway, we’re looking at sunny skies and 85 degrees here. You can catch all the action on the radio on AM 1700 with Andy, Ted and Jerry. Good times.

The starting lineup …

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

The pitchers: Richard 4,
Gallagher 3, Worrell 1, Webb 1, Castro 1.

Your Padres news …

Pitcher Jon Garland looked good yesterday from what I hear (I was off). My colleague Barry Bloom caught up with him and got his thoughts on the game, spring and the upcoming 2010 season.

Here’s the recap of the game in case you missed it. The Padres were again running wild on the bases. They’ve stolen a total of 11 bases in the last two games.

About that Cunningham kid …

The Padres continue to be impressed by the play of outfielder Aaron Cunningham — you know, the other outfielder obtained from the A’s in the Kevin Kouzmanoff deal — this spring. He stole two bases on Tuesday, giving him four this spring. He’s hitting .200 but he’s doing a lot of nice things. He had two very nice catches in the game yesterday. He’ll start the season with Triple-A Portland so that he can play every day. “He’s a guy who has some skill,” Padres manager Bud Black said.

Hairston on the mend …

Scott Hairston
(calf) continues to get better as he works his way back from the injury that he sustained a week ago when he fouled a ball off his calf. He’s taken batting practice, played catch and done everything but run. He’ll do that shortly and, I imagine, will be back to playing in games soon. In the meantime, Tony Gwynn has been getting nearly all the reps in center field. Probably not a bad thing for his development as he tests out a nice stance.

More camp cuts …

Pitchers Simon Castro and Wynn Pelzer have been reassigned to Minor League camp. That leaves the Padres with 45 players in camp. Pelzer, who has been battling a hamstring injury, never appeared in a Cactus League camp. Black didn’t rule out the possibility of bringing Pelzer over for a game later on.

Dead-arm syndrome …

It happens to a lot of pitchers, especially this time of year. It’s happening to Jon Garland, who pitched on Tuesday. Garland didn’t seem too upset and Black said it’s nothing to get too worked up over. “Your arms feels OK, but when you throw, nothing comes out,” Black said. “You’re not sore and there’s no pain.”

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