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.

Updated: 9:55 a.m. PT
Morning notes:
— Sounds like third baseman Chase Headley (tight lower back) will be in the lineup on Sunday. Headley has yet to appear in a Cactus League game.
— Center fielder Cameron Maybin, who left Friday’s game early with a bruised right shin, won’t play today but will be back in the lineup on Sunday. If this were the regular season, Bud Black said, he could probably play. On March 10, though, there’s no rush.
— Outfielder Chris Denorfia (sore back) got a couple of injections to help settle the inflammation in his back. Still no word on when we might see him in action. “We’ll let the medicine take it’s course and see where he is in a couple of days,” Black said.
— I talked to shortstop Jason Bartlett about his sore right knee. I’ll have a story later today on Padres.com about it. It’s something that bothered him last season but he’s learned to maintain it. It will be interesting to see if the knee is an issue or how much of an issue this season.

Corey Brock, MLB.com

Twitter: @FollowThePadres

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