Day 21: Getting stretched out
Updated: 9:55 a.m. PT
PEORIA, Ariz. — What does getting stretched out mean? Laying out my media guide, backpack and water bottle over two spots in the press room? No, but I do that anyway. It’s a seniority thing and since Bill Center from the U-T is back in San Diego for a few days, he can’t give me a bad time about it.
Stretched out is the term pitchers, pitching coaches and managers like to use this time of spring when talking about the workload in games — going from two innings and 30 pitches to three innings, 45 pitches and so on. It’s a progression thing, building endurance, adding pitches, getting to the point where these starting pitchers can, by the first of April, be able to throw in upwards of 90-100 pitches (or possibly more) in a start.
The reason we mention this today is that Dustin Moseley is scheduled to make his second start of the spring. He went two innings in his last start against the Mariners last week and is scheduled to throw three innings today. You’ll see the rest of the Padres starting rotation candidates — Cory Luebke, Edinson Volquez, Anthony Bass, Tim Stauffer and Clayton Richard — follow suit next week.
Padres (2-5) at Indians (2-4), 2:05 p.m. PT Goodyear Ballpark
Radio/TV: XX 1090 (Andy Masur and Bob Scanlan). Tune in at 2 p.m.
The lineups: Venable 8, Hudson 4, Guzman 7, Blanks 3, Alonso 0, Hermida 9, Bartlett 6, Darnell 5, Baker 2.
The pitchers: Moseley 3, Oramas 2, Gregerson 1, Street 1, Cashner 1, Vincent 1, Palmer 1.
Corey Brock, MLB.com