Day 24: Wondering about Deeno …
Updated: 3:55 p.m.
PEORIA, Ariz. — I’m going to catch-up with Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia after today’s workout — and before his Lakeland Terrier has a photo shoot for the Padres in-ballpark magazine — to ask him about his back troubles.
Denorfia has yet to appear in a game so far and has had limitations placed on him by the medical staff as to how much he can put his tight back through during the course of a day.
With Opening Day on April 5 creeping closer, we asked Padres manager Bud Black today if he felt Denorfia was in jeopardy of not making the 25-man roster to start the season.
“There’s a little bit of concern since it’s [back] not really progressing to the point where we knew when he’s going to get into games,” Black said.
If Denorfia heads to the disabled list to start the season, the Padres could do any number of things with the roster — keep Kyle Blanks or possibly add a 13th pitcher. The team does play 17 games in the first 18 days.
Update: Denorfia hopes to play in Minor League games starting Thursday. More on what he had to say right here.
As always, check back and scan down for updates throughout the morning.
Here’s the information on today’s game.
White Sox (2-7) at Padres (3-7), 1:05 p.m. Peoria Sports Complex
Radio/TV: XX 1700 (Ted Leitner, Jerry Coleman, Bob Scanlan). Tune in at 1 p.m.
The lineups: Maybin 8 Hudson 4 Headley 5 Guzman 3 Hundley 2 Venable 9 Bartlett 6 Hermida 0, Decker 7.
The pitchers:Volquez 3, Bass 3, Mikolas 1, Gregerson 1, Street 1.
Updated: 10:05 a.m.
— Third baseman Edinson Rincon has a sore left foot and could miss a few days. Doesn’t sound like it’s anything too serious.
— LHP Robbie Erlin has a very mild left oblique strain and it appears he’ll be shut down for a week.
— OF/1B Kyle Blanks (left leg/hamstring) and INF Everth Cabrera (right shoulder) are doing better and could play as soon as Wednesday.
Updated: 3:55 p.m.
— Edinson Volquez looked good for two innings and then walked the first two batters he faced in the third inning. He allowed two runs, but just one hit. He said afterwards that he lost his focus briefly but like how he regained it to finish the inning. He threw a fair amount of changeups in the game. He said that’s his second-best pitch. Also, following the mantra of pitching coach Darren Balsley, Volquez has really embraced throwing his fastball down and away. As for his two spring outings, Volquez said: “I like what I see right now.”
— Jaff Decker continued his strong spring with two doubles today. Nick Hundley had three hits and looks as comfortable at the plate as he did in April and then after the All-Star break. Jesus Guzman also had two hits. Is it possible we’re going to see Guzman more than we won’t (if that makes any sense). I’ve been in the sun too long.
— Pretty good day in general on the pitching side. Anthony Bass followed Volquez and allowed one run in three innings. Luke Gregerson, in an encouraging sign, got two strikeouts in his lone inning of work.
— Notes of the day, as you can find right here: Maybin talking about his first two hits of the spring, an update on Robbie Erlin as well as an update on Chris Denorfia.
Corey Brock, MLB.com