Padres primer: 3/21/10

Happy Sunday from Peoria, where the Padres will face the Texas Rangers at 1:05 p.m. We’re looking at a high of 82 degrees and sunny skies. After a slow start for weather (remember we had that rainout? We’ve had great weather).

Andy, Ted and Jerry back on the call at XX 1090 AM.

The starting lineup …

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

The pitchers: Gallagher 3 or 4 innings, Bell 1, Adams 1, Mujica 1, Worrell 1.

Your Padres news …

A couple of well-pitched games on Saturday for the Padres: First it was Mat Latos and Tim Stauffer against the White Sox and then it was Wade LeBlanc and Cory Luebke in the late game against the Dodgers.

A look at reliever Adam Russell, who was part of the Jake Peavy deal. The guy is on the team and has good stuff that plays well in any number of roles in the bullpen.

Camp cuts …

The Padres made four more camp cuts on Sunday, sending pitchers Ryan Webb, Radhames Liz, Cory Luebke and Ryan Webb to Minor League camp. The Padres are now at 37 players in camp. The next round of cuts will be tougher as will subsequent cuts thereafter. Webb and Perdomo had Major League time last season. Perdomo, who the Padres had to keep on the roster all last season, soaked up a lot of innings in games where the Padres were losing. He’s had a minor knee injury in camp but was a long shot to make the team anyway. “All with the exception of Luebke have pitched in the big leagues,” said Padres manager, Bud Black. “In this case, the time isn’t now.” I like Luebke a lot. I wouldn’t at all be surprised if he pitched for the Padres at some point this season.

About Jon Garland …

Jon Garland was to make a start Sunday and throw in upwards of five innings or 80 pitches. That won’t happen, as Black said on Saturday that Garland has a “cranky” right shoulder.  This has nothing to do with the dead arm sensation he’s had lately. He’ll play catch Sunday and likely have a side session early this week. No timetable for his return to Cactus League play. Again, the team doesn’t consider this to be serious.

How about that pitching …

Black talked a little Sunday morning about the strong pitching the team has been getting lately, especially in the two victories on Saturday. “It’s very good to see guys throwing the ball well, trying to make an impression and responding to the challenge in front of them,” Black said. He’s talking about the outings of Latos, LeBlanc and Stauffer. In my mind, Latos is on the team and part of the rotation. LeBlanc is making a push as well. Stauffer, who is out of Minor League options, no doubt impressed the handful of scouts at the game Saturday. I wouldn’t at all be surprised, and again, this is my guess and opinion, if the Padres work out a trade for a pitching-starved team. You won’t get a top prospect for Stauffer for a mid-level guy who could eventually become something. Stay tuned.

Corey Brock, MLB.com, Padres.com

 

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