Day 17: Surprise! It’s a road game

Updated: 4:25 p.m. PT

PEORIA, Ariz. — First road game of the season, as the Padres head to Surprise! to face the Royals. We’ll get our first look at Robbie Erlin, the left-hander who has looked very good early in camp (well, as far as bullpen sessions and live BP go).

Interesting lineup. We get another look at Everth Cabrera at shortstop and the team continues to look at Andy Parrino in different ways.

Anyway, some morning notes are listed below.

I’ll update the blog with news and such during the day and then wrap up the action later this afternoon.

Please scan down for updates.

— Corey

San Diego (0-2) at Kansas City (2-0), 12 p.m. PT Surprise Recreation Campus

Radio/TV: XX 1090 (Andy Masur, Bob Scanlan).

The lineup:

Maybin 8, Venable 7, Guzman 0, Blanks 3, Hermida 9, Darnell 5, Grandal 2, Cabrera 6, Parrino 4.

The pitchers:

Stauffer (2 innings), Erlin 2, Oramas 1 or 2, De Paula 1 or 2, Spence 1, Mikolas 1, Brach 1.

Morning notes:

— Chase Headley said he’s doing better today after being a late scratch Monday with tightness in his lower back. He hasn’t had any back issues previously and didn’t sound too concerned about it. And because it’s only March 6, I would expect the team to give him a few days to rest before we see him back in a game.

— Cameron Maybin, as you probably noticed in the lineup above, is back after missing Monday with what manager Bud Black said was a case of the stomach flu. John Baker is here as well, but he’s not ready to play yet. He told me he slept 19 hours after feeling ill two days ago. I think he will hit and then go home. Shouldn’t be more than a day or so before he plays.

— Everth Cabrera said he enjoyed playing center field Monday. The team has worked with him some in the outfield early in camp when he wasn’t getting his reps at third base, shortstop and second base. I talked to Dave Roberts and I’ll have a note later today about Cabrera. Something like this can only add to Cabrera’s versatility. Interesting move.

— Hey, how about Peoria’s own Jaff Decker, who ran into a fastball middle-in yesterday and hit it on the grass berm beyond the bullpen area in right field. Pretty neat moment for Decker, as he had several members of his family here to watch him play. Again, I’ll have a note later over at about Decker’s home run.

Updated: 8:55 a.m. PT

— Sounds like Headley isn’t the only player in camp with a sore back. OF Chris Denorfia, bothered by back pain last week, is still sidelined with what Bud Black called a “troublesome” back. Don’t let that big word scare you. Denorfia is still able to work out and go through drills but won’t appear in a game for a few days.

— Black had some nice things to say about third baseman Edinson Rincon, who has looked good in early action here. Rincon has two hits, a double, and a walk so far. “The younger guys are ready to hit,” Black said. “[With Rincon] I’m seeing bat speed, strength to his game and his aptitude is really high.”

Updated: 2:01 p.m. PT

— Tim Stauffer sounds satisfied with his stat Tuesday. He allowed one run on two hits in two innings with one strikeout. “I felt good mechanically and physically. I got a lot of ground balls,” Stauffer said. “I felt a little sharper in the second inning than the first inning.” He allowed a run in the first and looked like he was really trying to keep the ball down in the second inning.

— Robbie Erlin struggled some in his first outing, committing a throwing error and allowing two earned runs on three hits in two innings. He did get a double-play ball to avoid more damage. Again, like Stauffer, this was his first outing. Plenty more to come.

— I liked the way Kyle Blanks swung the bat today. Had two hard singles to left field. He also ran the bases well (Note: The Padres care a lot about this kind of stuff). Moved to second base on a wild pitch and then got a good read and jump on a Jeremy Hermida soft single to center field and scored a run. Impressive.

Updated: 4:25 p.m. PT

— Not a whole lot more to add here, other than Black had some very good things to say about the young players who are getting a chance to play (mostly late in games). Edinson Rincon, Jonathan Galvez, Rymer Liriano, Jedd Gyorko and Blake Tekotte did some nice things in the loss to the Royals today. In case you missed it, here’s a link to the box score from the game.

Here’s a link to my notes today, a few of the items I touched on earlier this morning. Also,I wrote about Casey Kelly and where he’s at with pitching, two full seasons since making the conversion from shortstop. He had some very interesting things to say about the conversion. Plus, the team is moving him to the left side of the rubber with hopes of creating some deception in his delivery.

That’s it for today. Home game tomorrow: Yu Darvish and his Rangers debut with the Rangers. Should be wild.

Corey Brock,

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