Day 15: Hey, it’s the first game of spring!
Updated: 3:05 p.m. PT (scan down for updates)
PEORIA, Ariz. — Happy Sunday, friends. Here it is, the first game of the spring. First round of the #VedderCup, Padres vs. Mariners. After two weeks of drills, it’s time to play some real games.
The format of the blog will change a little now that games are starting. I will try to update in the morning with the starting lineup and pitchers for the day and then update throughout the day with news, notes, tidbits and just about anything else you can think of — Coffee Bean trips, craft beer findings, Frank Lloyd Wright, xFIP, indie rock, whatever.
Anyway, here’s what we have in store today.
San Diego (0-0) at Seattle (1-1), 12 p.m. PT Peoria Sports Complex
Radio/TV: XX 1090 (Ted Leitner, Jerry Coleman, Bob Scanlan).
Blanks 0 (For those asking, 0 = DH)
Bass (2 innings)
— Catcher John Baker was in the original starting lineup today but he was sent home sick. Brad Davis gets the start at catcher instead today.
— A quick note about lineups here: Don’t read too much into them, especially so early in camp. Why is player X not starting? Why is player Y batting leadoff? There are a lot of players in camp and only so many games to play. If Carlos Quentin isn’t in the lineup on Sunday, he’ll likely be in there Monday.
Update: 9:25 a.m.
— The Padres will wait a week to see how Logan Forsythe’s left foot responds to treatment. Jason Bartlett’s sore right knee is getting better. There are currently no plans in the works to bring in an infielder from outside the organization. The team has moved 2011 first-round Draft pick Cory Spangenberg to big league camp. He’ll be here day-to-day and is on the lineup card as a reserve today.
— Minor League pitchers and catchers have reported for work. They’ll be doing their work on the backfields today. One of the pitchers who is here is Josh Geer, who I wrote about last season as he fought skin cancer. He’s been cancer-free for several months, which is good news.
— I’m working on a story today about first baseman Matt Clark. Clark has an interesting background. His father, Terry, was a Major League pitcher for parts of six seasons. Clark witnessed some baseball history as a kid. You’ll have to read about it later on Padres.com.
— The city of Peoria has called a press conference for Monday to discuss the future of the Mariners and Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex. My best guess is this will mean some changes in both clubhouse/office/weight room areas for the teams. We’ll have all of that covered for you tomorrow.
Update: 2:05 p.m.
— Anthony Bass allowed one run on one hit — a home run to Seattle’s Kyle Seager — in his two innings of work today. Bass liked how he was able to spot his fastball on the outside and inside corner. He’s also working to change the eye level of hitters with his fastball, working up and then attacking down and away. I thought he threw a couple of nice sliders and change-ups as well. He was encouraged by the outing. Again, I think Bass will end up in the Tucson rotation pitching every fifth day. That would serve him better than pitching in lone relief, especially if RHP Micah Owings shows he can handle that role.
— Cameron Maybin showed me a little something in the sixth inning Sunday. He quickly fell behind in the count 0-2 against a left-hander and then showed great restraint in laying off a few sliders down and in. Secondary pitches, sliders, breaking balls, occasionally gave him some trouble last season (typical of young hitters low on Major League service time). Anyway, he ended up grounding out, but thought it was still a good at bat.
— Andrew Cashner showed a lot of the things we’ve been seeing in camp so far — plus fastball. He threw 10 pitches, all fastballs. Struck out two of the three hitters he faced and broke a bat on the third on a pop-up in foul territory. I’ve said it before but I think his slider and change-up can be pretty good pitches for him. No need to use them today but I’m sure he will in future outings.
— Second baseman Cory Spangenberg, the Padres first-round pick in 2011, was moved to big league camp on Sunday to take the spot of Logan Forsythe (broken bone, left foot) and with Jason Bartlett still nursing a sore right knee. You could tell he was excited. He was in uniform for the Padres game against the Mariners. The move isn’t permanent and he could still bounce back and forth but he’s here for now. Funny story: To make room for him, clubhouse staff had to combined the lockers of special assistants Trevor Hoffman and Brad Ausmus. When this was pointed out to Spangenberg, his disposition quickly changed. “Hall of Famer … that’s not good,” he said. Update: He got into the game as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning and scored a run.
Update: 3:05 p.m.
— The Padres scored four runs in the ninth inning to tie the game, only to lose it in the bottom of the inning. Yasmani Grandal had a two-run double in the inning and Edinson Rincon had an RBI double. The inning was extended when the Mariners shortstop lost a pop-up in the sun. Brad Brach took the loss for the Padres
— Black said he liked the overall work of the pitchers and catchers on Sunday. He singled out Bass, Cashner, Dale Thayer and Erik Hamren. “Overall, the pitching stuff was good. The catchers did a good job.”
— Clayton Richard threw a simulated game on Sunday. I believe it was two innings. Black said he looked fine and will make his Cactus League debut on Friday in Tempe against the Angels. That’s a good development for the Padres for obvious reasons.
— I almost got smoked by a foul ball in the press box, though it wasn’t a line drive hit directly at me. It came in pretty far to my left, hit the wall and took a weird, hard spin to the right toward me and several other reporters. I might have hit the back of my chair. Tragedy averted.
That’s it for today. Same teams tomorrow, same time, same place.
Corey Brock, MLB.com