Day 39: Running out of days
Updated: 6:23 p.m.
PEORIA, Ariz. — The Padres made two more moves on Wednesday, optioning catcher Yasmani Grandal to Triple-A Tucson while reassigning left-handed pitcher Alex Hinshaw to Minor League camp.
There are now 38 players in camp.
I would expect a few more players to be moved before the team breaks camp on Sunday. The team will take a handful of extra players back to San Diego for exhibition games on Tuesday and Wednesday. Some of those players, especially for the game against the Royals in Lake Elsinore, will be players who will play for the Storm this season.
I don’t think the Padres settle on their 25-man roster until the day before Opening Day, which is Thursday, April 5.
Hinshaw pitched well at times in camp, showed a hard slider from the left side and a fastball that ran 93-94. Hinshaw had a 5.63 ERA in nine outings with seven strikeouts and four walks in eight innings.
“He’s got a good arm,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “You can’t deny the talent. It’s in there. It’s just a matter of consistency.”
Grandal impressed the staff in camp, both offensively and defensively. He hit .353 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 14 games. He will be the primary catch at Triple-A Tucson.
“It was good for him,” Black said of Grandal’s first big league camp. “I thought he had a good camp. The last 10 days he showed some great at-bats.”
Anyway, more information as the day rolls along here.
Here’s the information for today’s game.
* Padres (16-12) at White Sox (11-13), 1:05 .m. Camelback Ranch
Radio/TV: XX 1700 (Ted Leitner, Bob Scanlan, Jerry Coleman).
The lineups: Maybin 8, Venable 9, Headley 5, Guzman 0, Alonso 3, Hermida 7, Baker 2, Bartlett 6, Parrino 4.
The pitchers: Volquez 6, Street 1, Bass 2.
— 1B/OF Kyle Blanks is itching to play again. His left shoulder is feeling better to the point where he took batting practice on Wednesday morning with a full morning of baseball-related activities today. He said he wants to play tomorrow (Thursday), but we wouldn’t likely see him before the weekend.
— 2B Orlando Hudson (strained right groin) is set to play Thursday. No change there. He’ll play Thursday, Friday and Saturday to get his timing and to get him prepared for next week.
— RP Luke Gregerson (back spasms) still has a sore back. Not sure how much of a concern this is yet. We’ll see tomorrow.
— RHP Jeff Suppan will play catch for a second day to test his strained right triceps.
Updated: 6:23 p.m.
— Edinson Volquez became the first Padres pitcher to go seven innings today. He allowed two runs on two hits in the first inning and then settled down, allowing three more hits over the next six scoreless innings. All told, he threw 92 pitches. There were three walks in there but he got nine fly balls (God bless, Petco) and his change-up led him to some quick outs later in the game. He told reporters after that: “I made better pitches the rest of the way,” Volquez said. “I was trying to work deep into the game. That was a problem last year. But I feel more confident in myself. I think I’ve put everything together to be more consistent in the strike zone.”
— The Padres had 18 hits and scored 10 runs over the last three innings of a13-2 victory over a split-squad team of White Sox. The box score can be found right here. Highlights? Chase Headley hit a long home run to center field, a ball that lands in the Afghan Pines. Yes, Afghan Pines, as I kicked around on Twitter during the game. Yonder Alonso hit a home run, as did Andy Parrino. Plenty of offense.
— Huston Street and Anthony Bass hardly broke a sweat on a hot day in Glendale. Bass lowered his ERA to 1.93. I’m curious to watch him as we move into the regular season. As I opined a while back, I can see the Padres handling him like they did Cory Luebke a year ago.
— I wrote a story about the quality and depth of catching in the Padres system right now, starting at the top with Nick Hundley and John Baker. Terry Kennedy, the Triple-A manager in Tucson, had some really good stuff to say, especially about 19-year-old Austin Hedges.
Corey Brock, MLB.com