Day 35: Cabrera or Parrino, who do you like?

Updated: 4:15 p.m.

PEORIA, Ariz. — Happy Saturday from Peoria. Getting ready for (another) split-squad day here, with one team headed to Mesa to face the Cubs with the other staying here to face the same Reds team they faced 16 hours ago.

Oh, quirky schedule, how I love you.

Anyway, I’m staying here in Peoria. All the game details are listed below.

As you’ve probably noticed, one of the few position battles in camp is the one for the backup infield job between Everth Cabrera and Andy Parrino. Both are playing today, both have played a lot recently, especially with second baseman Orlando Hudson down with a strained groin.

Entering play today, Parrino is second on the team with 43 at-bats (hitting .209). Cabrera has 35 at-bats and is hitting .286. I’m not entirely why I mention the offensive numbers because, really, that won’t be the main focus the Padres look at when they decide who makes the 25-man roster for Opening Day.

Remember, you’re not expecting your backup infielder to win games. You just don’t want him to lose them. The Padres will need to rest Jason Bartlett at shortstop on occasion, so Cabrera might have the advantage there. But Parrino has done some very nice things defensively in camp, including this gem from Friday’s game against the Reds.

Manager Bud Black likes what he’s seeing from both players.

“They’re showing a lot of good things,” Black said.

* Reds (9-12-1) at Padres (13-9), Peoria Sports Complex, 1:05 p.m.

Radio/TV: XX 1090 for radio (Ted Leitner, Bob Scanlan).

The lineup: Maybin 8, Kotsay 7, Headley 5, Guzman 3, Hundley 2, Denorfia 9, Bartlett 6, Cabrera 4, Richard 1.

The pitchers: Richard 5, Cashner 1, Street 1, Thayer 1, Palmer 1.

* Padres (13-9) at Cubs (10-12), HoHoKam Park, 1:05 p.m.

Radio/TV: WGN TV.

The lineup: Venable 8, Gyorko 5, Alonso 3, Darnell 7, Grandal 2, Hermida 9, Parrino 6, Galvez 4, Bass 1.
The pitchers: Bass 4, Frieri 1, Owings 3, Mikolas 1.
— SP Jeff Suppan, in camp on a Minor League deal, has a strained right triceps. The injury happened in his last outing on March 17 against the Royals. He’s getting treatment but there’s no timetable for his return.
— 2B Orlando Hudson (strained right groin) and 1B/OF Kyle Blanks (sore left shoulder) are, in the words of manager Bud Black, “feeling better.” No timetable for their return, either.
— C Nick Hundley (sore right side/oblique) is back in the lineup today for the first time since March 14. He was itching to play Friday but he got one more day of rest.
— OF Carlos Quentin is here after having surgery on Monday in San Diego on his left knee. He’ll be starting a rehabilitation program here soon. Looking at the same 4-6 timetable (well, 3-5 now, I guess) as before.
— INF Logan Forsythe, who had surgery earlier this month on the broken bone in his left foot, has started his rehabilitation. He’s progressed to riding a stationary bike.
Updated: 4:15 p.m.
— Clayton Richard pitched against the Reds today and allowed three earned runs over 4 2/3 innings. Black liked the use of his changeup and that he was able to eclipse the 80-pitch (84 actually) mark. Here’s a link to the box score.
— In a game in Mesa, Anthony Bass and Micah Owings each pitched very well. I’ve got both guys on the staff. Here’s a link to the box score.
— I think we could see a player or two moved over to the Minor League side on Sunday. The team breaks camp a week from Sunday and they don’t have to get down to their 25-man roster until before Opening Day. But I think you’ll see some guys moved over in the next week.
Corey Brock, MLB.com

1 Comment

Dualing Games at 1. Right on Go Padres !! !!

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