Day 23: First cuts of camp offer no surprises
Updated: 3:35 p.m.
PEORIA, Ariz. — Tough day s for Cory’s on Monday in Peoria, though Cory Luebke pitches today and another Corey (well, me) is expected to meet all of his deadlines on time.
The Padres made their first camp cuts on Monday, sending five players to their Minor League camp — pitchers Cory Burns, Jorge Reyes, catchers Ali Solis and Eddy Rodriguez and infielder Cory Spangenberg.
No real surprises here.
“It’s time to start thinning out the room a little,” Black said.
The Padres now have 56 players in camp.
Burns, who came over from the Indians in the Aaron Cunningham trade, allowed three runs on five hits in three innings. Reyes, who is actually scheduled to pitch today, has allowed one run in three innings with two walks. Solis (0-for-2), Rodriguez (0-for-1) and Spangenberg (0-for-2, 1 run scored) didn’t play much.
You might remember that the Padres pulled Spangenberg from the Minor League minicamp for some middle infield depth after Logan Forsythe broke a bone in his left foot.
Listed below are details for today’s game. More information to come throughout the day.
Padres (3-6) at Rockies (2-6), 1:05 p.m. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Radio/TV: XX 1700 (Andy Masur and Bob Scanlan). Tune in at 1 p.m.
The lineups: Maybin 8 Kotsay 9 Alonso 3 Quentin 7 Darnell 5 Baker 2 Bartlett 6 Parrino 4 Luebke 1.
The pitchers: Luebke 3, Suppan 3, Thayer 1, Hamren 1, Hinshaw 1, Reyes 1.
— Outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks will likely miss a day or two with a sore left leg (area behind his knee). Doesn’t sound too serious. No change for outfielder Chris Denorfia (tight back). He has injections the other day that he hopes will alleviate inflammation. Also, Everth Cabrera will miss a few days with a sore right shoulder. Bud Black didn’t sound too concerned about him either.
— Black was talking about Spangenberg this morning. He mentioned that the team timed him at 3.95 from home to first base in a game in Tempe. That’s real fast folks. Sounds like he benefited well from instruction from Padres coach Glenn Hoffman and Rick Renteria. “He showed real well,” Black said of Spangenberg. “We think he can get the job done defensively.”
–Black gave Hoffman a lot of praise for the work he’s done with infielders. He mentioned that strides that Edinson Rincon has made in camp, thanks in some part to Hoffman’s teachings. Black cited the work that Hoffman did with Kevin Kouzmanoff in 2007 as a prime example of good teaching in spring that paid off during the regular season.
— Black on Chase Headley: “One can make a case that he was our best offensive player [in 2011].” I think Headley is in for a bigger year in terms of knocking in more runs. He’s mentioned it to me on more than one occasion that this is his focus for 2011.
Updated: 3:35 p.m.
— Ouch, long seventh inning here at Salt River Fields. The Rockies scored eight runs — all earned runs — in the inning for an 11-2 lead. Pitchers Erik Hamren (six earned runs) and Alex Hinshaw (two earned runs) struggled in the inning. That followed three innings where Jeff Suppan allowed three runs on seven hits.
— Starting pitcher Cory Luebke walked Dexter Fowler on four pitches to start the game and then picked him off. All in all, it was another good outing by Luebke, who allowed one hit in three innings two strikeouts. His change-up was pretty good today and he estimates he threw about five of them. He was having some trouble pitching out of the stretch as the ball was sailing on him. But after talking with pitching coach Darren Balsley, he has a good idea of what he needs to work on in his bullpen session in two days.
— Cameron Maybin now has a batting average. After starting the spring 0-for-12 — after signing his $25 million contract extension — Maybin got a Jeremy Guthrie fastball and hit it over the wall in center field to start the game. He later added a double.
— I will have a note on this later at Padres.com, but the Padres Opening Day payroll pegs at $55.8 million or nearly 22 percent higher than it was a year ago. This is the highest it’s been since the 2008 season ($73.6 million).
— Carlos Quentin had two hits on Monday to raise his spring average to .500. You’re seeing better at-bats and more consistent contact from the players who peg as regulars as they get more and more opportunities to face live pitching.
That’s it for today. Let’s do this again Tuesday.
Corey Brock, MLB.com