Day 31: Back in the saddle again
Updated: 4:40 p.m.
PEORIA, Ariz. — Hey friends, back to work today. Was off for the weekend and, of course, the Padres had their only true off-day of the spring on Monday.
I won’t arrive at the facility until later today because there’s a night game against the Rockies at 7:05 p.m. I’ll have the lineups and pitchers this afternoon.
Dustin Moseley gets the start today. We know that much. Moseley should be well rested and very well fed, especially after I saw him and his family having a late breakfast on Monday at the Good Egg.
Update: No, Moseley is not starting. It’s Joe Wieland. See my note below on Moseley.
Anyway, we’re reaching that point in Spring Training where you’ll see the regulars start to get more at-bats and more playing time. The starting pitchers are to the point where they’re stretched out to four innings and in some cases five. Opening Day is two weeks from Thursday.
Wow, where did the time go?
Also, I think the cuts you’ll start seeing will become tougher as we inch closer to breaking camp here on April 1. The team has two exhibition games once we leave Arizona, one at Petco Park and one more at Lake Elsinore, the home of their California League affiliate.
Pretty interesting few days with the announcement that outfielder Carlos Quentin — who was just starting to find his swing — will be out 4-6 weeks after having surgery on his right knee. Here’s the story on him if you missed it.
What does Quentin’s injury mean? Looks like Kyle Blanks has a much better shot to make the 25-man Opening Day roster now. I think we’ll see a lot of Jesus Guzman in left field. Who will hit clean-up? Here’s what Bud Black had to say.
The Padres had their game Sunday in Tucson rained-out and will make it up Thursday with a split-squad affair. Cory Luebke will remain in Peoria to pitch. Those who get the short straws will apparently head to Tucson for work.
I had a chance to attend two panels last weekend at the SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) in Mesa. Here’s my first story from the GM panel that included Doug Melvin (Brewers), Chris Antonetti (Indians) and Jerry Dipoto (Angels). The second panel was on scouting and analytics. Padres assistant GM A.J. Hinch spoke at that one and had some good, candid things to say.
Going back to Friday night, everything that I’ve heard about the Fox Sports SD production was positive. I realize there’s issues with some people receiving this channel and hopefully that will get cleared-up soon. Looking forward to working with the Fox people moving forward.
Rockies (9-7-1) at Padres (9-8), 7:05 p.m. Peoria Sports Complex
Radio: AM 1090 (Ted Leitner, Jerry Coleman, Bob Scanlan).
Lineup: Maybin 8, Venable 9, Headley 5, Alonso 3, Kotsay 7, Bartlett 6, Baker 2, Parrino 4, Wieland 1.
Pitchers: Wieland 4 or 5 innings, Thatcher 1, Cashner 1, Brach 1, Gregerson 1, Mikolas 1.
— I’ve hinted at this on Twitter a few times, but the Padres finally consummated their deal with catcher Nick Hundley. It’s essentially a three-year, $9 million deal through 2014 with a $5 million club option for 2015. It’s a very club-friendly deal but for Hundley, 28, if offers him security — which is nice for such a demanding position that can take a toll. Here’s the link to my story.
— 2B Orlando Hudson wanted to play Tuesday night, but will get one more day to rest his sore groin. Look for him Wednesday.
— OF/1B Kyle Blanks has a sore left shoulder. He’ll need a couple of days.
— Looking for a dark horse for the Opening Day roster? Bud Black has some nice things to say about reliever Dale Thayer (sneaky fastball, decent slider, Major League service time). Don’t get too excited. It’s March 20, still a lot of games left before we break camp.
— Dustin Moseley pitched five innings against a Mariners Minor League team on Tuesday. Black said it’s hard to get work for the 21 pitchers in camp. I also think the team is staying away as best they can from having projected starters face National League West teams from here on out. Remember, the Padres play 16 games in April against NL West foes.