Day 26: Thinning the room
Updated: 7:23 p.m.
PEORIA, Ariz. — As manager Bud Black is apt to saying about camp cuts: “It’s time to thin the room.”
The Padres did just that on Thursday, moving eight players over to the Minor League side: Pitchers Erik Hamren, Juan Pablo Oramas, Robbie Erlin, Jose De Paula, catcher Jason Hagerty, infielder Edinson Rincon and outfielders Rymer Liriano and Blake Tekotte.
No real surprises here. Rincon, Liriano and Tekotte have played well in camp but I think we can all agree that none of the three had a chance to make the Major League roster.
The timing is pretty good, as Minor League games start today. These players will get today off before likely getting in games on the Minor League side on Friday.
That’s it for now. Check back later for results.
Padres (6-7) at Brewers (5-6), 1:05 p.m. Maryvale Ballpark
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The lineups: Decker 8 Guzman 7 Headley 5 Quentin 9 Alonso 3 Bartlett 6 Baker 2 Cabrera 4 Moseley 1.
Updated: 10:53 a.m.
— RHP Nick Vincent, who has looked good in camp, will miss an unspecified amount of time with a left ankle sprain. He stepped on a ball in the bullpen area in Goodyear on Wednesday. He was in a boot and on crutches Thursday on his way to get an X-Ray. As soon as we get the results, we’ll pass that along. “It’s kind of a bummer for Nick,” Padres manager Bud Black said.
— 2B Orlando Hudson isn’t in the lineup today after straining his groin during practice Wednesday morning. Black didn’t sound too concerned about the strain. “He said he’ll be fine,” Black said. Hudson told me early Thursday that “he’s ready to rock and roll.” Whatever that means.
— RHP Andrew Cashner stopped for donuts on the way to the complex Thursday morning and brought in a few boxes for his teammates and the coaches. That made him the most popular guy in the room.
— RHP Dustin Moseley will go four innings today against the Brewers. He’ll be the first Padres pitcher to do so this spring.
— OF Carlos Quentin gets the start in right field for the first time this spring.
Updated: 7:23 p.m.
— Sorry for the late update. The Padres lost to the Brewers today, you can read about it here. Pitcher Dustin Moseley didn’t have the command of his fastball he did last time out but still fared well. He’s been good the last two times out. Not much offense today.
— Sounds like OF Carlos Quentin won’t miss much time with a sore right knee. He was a late scratch on Thursday.
— Good news on RP Nick Vincent. The x-ray on his sprained left ankle came back negative. I wrote about his weird injury today.
— Also, I spent some time this morning talking to RHP Dennis Tankersley, who made his MLB debut with the Padres at age 23 in 2002. Remember him? He’s back in camp on a Minor League deal after a tryout. Pretty interesting guy. You can read about him right here.
Corey Brock, MLB.com