Day 40: Really? 40 days of blogging?
Update: 4:35 p.m.
PEORIA, Ariz. — Can you believe it? We made it to the 40-day mark. You still with me? Raise your hand if you’ve been checking here each day for your Padres news. Seriously, I do appreciate the feedback, comments, emails, faxes. Glad to know that someone other than my mom is following along.
And, thanks mom.
The point of these blog posts during Spring Training — especially during the time before games started — was to give you, the reader, a little look behind the scenes of what goes on here, the thoughts of the manager, the players, the coaches. A look at the process of how a team goes from the report date in mid-February to being ready for Opening Day.
Hopefully I’ve provided that for you.
If I haven’t, well then back to your Glee reruns.
Here’s a look at the game information for today.
As always, check back later for updates from the game against the Cubs and other assorted notes.
* Cubs (14-14) at Padres (17-12), 1:05 .m. Peoria Sports Complex
Radio/TV: XX 1700 (Andy Masur, Bob Scanlan, Jerry Coleman).
The lineups: Venable 8, Kotsay 7, Alonso 3, Hundley 2, Denorfia 9, Darnell 5, Bartlett 6, Cabrera 4, Richard 1.
The pitchers: Richard 6, Gregerson 1, Frieri 1, Brach 1.
Update: 10:15 a.m.
— 2B Orlando Hudson, who was to play today, has been sent home sick. Bud Black hopes he’s well enough to play Friday.
— 1B/OF Kyle Blanks is on the lineup card today. Not sure if he’ll get in but his left shoulder is feeling a lot better, especially after a full day of workouts on Wednesday. I don’t see how he lands on DL now unless he has a relapse.
— RHP Jeff Suppan will test his strained right triceps by playing catch at 90 feet today. So far, so good after two days of playing catch.
— RP Luke Gregerson, sidelined this week with by back spasms, will pitch one inning in today’s game.
— Bullpen catcher Mark Merila is moving on to become a professional scout. He’ll move back to his native Minneapolis where he played baseball for the University of Minnesota. Ten years into his job as bullpen catcher with the team, he had a grand mal seizure in 2005. It was discovered that he had a brain tumor. His health is better now and he’ll scout American League teams from Target Field this season for the Padres.
— INF Logan Forsythe is nearing the three-week mark in his recovery from foot surgery. He told me that he’ll be able to start jogging straight ahead (no cuts) in a week. He’ll remain back in Peoria for rehabilitation and play in games here before he’s eventually sent out to join a team, likely sometime in late April or early May.
Update: 4:35 p.m.
— INF Jonathan Galvez suffered a sprained ankle in today’s game. He was later optioned to Minor League game. Galvez had a good spring, hitting .371 after getting a hit today.
— The Padres came back to beat the Cubs today, 12-11. Crazy game, 34 hits, 23 runs. Home runs. Hard infield hits. As Bud Black called it, “a good old-fashioned Cactus League game.” The box score can be found here.
— Pitcher Clayton Richard struggled today, allowing eight earned runs on 12 hits over 4 1/3 innings. He said afterwards that he elevated some pitches and the Cubs made him pay. He did feel good about getting to 91 pitches and getting to that point with no residual issues at all from the shoulder surgery he had last summer.
— Another scoreless inning (and a save) for RP Brad Brach. His ERA is down to 0.93. What do you think? Is he on the team? My guess is the last spot in the bullpen comes down to him and Micah Owings. How about this: If the Padres envision a important role of sorts for Anthony Bass, do you then keep Owings for long relief, like in games when you’re way ahead or way behind? Or, if you envision that kind of role for Bass then do you possibly keep Bass to give you a sixth inning arm?
— Hey, Kyle Blanks got an at-bat today and had a hit. Good chance we see him tomorrow night and possibly Saturday and Sunday if his shoulder permits. He’s running short on time as the Padres inch closer to making a decision on the 25-man roster. With Carlos Quentin out, who do you like, Blanks (.240) or James Darnell (.273).
— Luke Gregerson pitched today and tossed a scoreless inning, shunning the back issues that have troubled him this week. Bud Black had some glowing things to say about Gregerson’s slider today, which is a very good thing with the regular-season opener a week away.
That’s it for today. Have a good night.
Corey Brock, MLB.com