Day 32: Pity poor Tim Wheeler
Updated 6:40 p.m.
PEORIA, Ariz. — I don’t know much about Tim Wheeler other than he’s one of the Rockies top prospects. I do know that he had a very short at-bat Tuesday against Padres reliever Andrew Cashner, who used 12 pitches to get three strikeouts in the Padres victory over Colorado.
Wheeler saw four of those 12 pitches and actually fouled off a pitch — the only contact the Rockies made against Cashner, who showed not only his 100 mph fastball but a devastating slider and change-up as well. Cashner got Wheeler to swing through a change-up and then chase a slider in the dirt for strike three.
Yet another impressive outing for Cashner, who has had all sorts of success this spring and who doesn’t appear to be a one-trick pony, a pitcher who relies only on his fastball. I think he’s going to be a nice fit in the eighth inning for the Padres.
The Padres, specifically manager Bud Black, likes the three-pitch mix and that he has a repeatable delivery. About the only thing the Padres have worked with him on is shortening his stride a touch. Other than that, he’s as advertised.
As always, we’ll have notes later below.
Anyway, let’s get to details for today’s game against the Dodgers.
Padres (10-8) at Dodgers (9-5) at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, 1:05 p.m.
Radio/TV: AM 1700 (Ted Leitner, Jerry Coleman, Bob Scanlan).
The lineup: Maybin 8, Hudson 4, Guzman 7, Alonso 3, Denorfia 9, Darnell 5, Grandal 2, Cabrera 6, Stauffer 1.
— As you can see, 2B Orlando Hudson (strained groin) in back in the lineup. He hasn’t played since March 13.
— 1B/OF Kyle Blanks still has a sore left shoulder. He’s day-t0-day, but I wouldn’t expect to see him for a few days.
— Manager Bud Black will accompany the team to Tucson for a split-squad game Thursday. Black spent two springs in Tucson while pitching for the Indians. Sounds like he has a favorite restaurant that he wants to visit, too. Sort of a no-lose deal.
— Black has mentioned LHP Alex Hinshaw the last two days in regards to three sliders he threw past Josh Hamilton of the Rangers. It’s those moments that stick with a manager. I don’t know what it means, but Hinshaw, a lefty who throws in the low-90s, has done some nice things so far in camp. No guarantee, though.
— Black said he liked the uptick in velocity from RP Luke Gregerson on Tuesday and that his slider looked good at times.
Updated 2:45 p.m.
— Well, Orlando Hudson’s first game back since March 13 didn’t go real well. He hit into a double-play in the third inning and apparently re-aggravated his sore right groin. That’s the initial word, though I’m sure we’ll have a better idea later.
Updated 6:40 p.m.
— Not real definitive word on Hudson from Bud Black, though he did say he thinks the strain isn’t as bad as it was when Hudson first suffered the injury. Obviously this is something we’ll follow-up on Thursday.
— Tim Stauffer and Black were very pleased with the right-hander’s performance, six scoreless innings against the Dodgers. Here’s what Stauffer had to say.
— I wrote a story today about pitcher Anthony Bass and how the Padres might use him like they initially did with Cory Luebke last season — first in long relief with an eventual move to the starting rotation.
— I didn’t have room for this Tuesday, but I wrote a separate note today about Nick Hundley’s thoughts about Petco Park. Pretty interesting, honest quotes. Have a look right here.
— All the details and box score from today’s 3-0 victory over the Dodgers.
One more thing, the Padres are now 2-0 when my father-in-law, Leon, has attended games (Tuesday and Wednesday). He’ll got for No. 3 on Thursday. Good luck charm, I tell you!
Corey Brock, MLB.com