Silva happy to be back on mound
Friars roster hopeful sharp despite nagging left ankle sprain
PEORIA, Ariz. -- The sprained left ankle that hobbled Walter Silva for about two weeks and kept him from Cactus League play was still bothering him on Sunday, though he was happy to get on a mound again.
Silva threw two scoreless innings in the Padres' split-squad victory over the Giants on a warm day in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday. It was Silva's first outing since joining the team in late February.
Silva needed just 18 pitches to get through his two innings in the Padres' 8-4 win. He allowed two hits and struck out one batter, coming away generally pleased with his performance.
"I felt pretty good," said the 32-year-old Silva. "I threw all my pitches."
It was the first time that Silva has appeared in a game since pitching for Mazatlanin early February when he was pitching in the Caribbean World Series in Mexicali, Mexico. That's where Padres manager Bud Black got his first look at Silva.
Then late last month, two weeks into Spring Training, the Padres took on Silva, on loan from his team in the Pacific League, Monterrey.
"Walter was fine," Black said. "He was efficient and he threw 18 pitches in two innings. It was sort of what I saw down in Mexicali. He threw strikes, good delivery, arm action, good slider. He threw his four pitches. I thought he looked good."
Black indicated that Silva could appear in a game early next week, possibly Tuesday or Wednesday.
Black said that even though Silva missed valuable time early in Spring Training, there will still be plenty of opportunities for him to pitch during the final three weeks of Spring Training, and chances for the staff to evaluate whether he'll make the Opening Day roster.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.