Antonelli progressing from hand injury
Padres prospect able to take BP, won't hit again until Monday
DENVER -- Minor League second baseman Matt Antonelli, who is attempting to shake a nagging hamate bone injury to his left hand, was able to take batting practice for the first time in a week on Friday.
Antonelli hit in the cage and said that his hand was "feeling a little better than what it was last week, but still not 100 percent."
It was decided that he won't hit again until Monday as the Padres try to get the injury to quiet down. In the meantime, Antonelli is getting treatment on the hand, which includes heat, ice, stretching and messaging.
Antonelli hit .378 with one home run and eight RBIs in 37 at-bats with the Padres during Spring Training. Antonelli, the Padres' No. 1 pick (17th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, will report to Triple-A Portland when the injury is healed.
In the meantime, Josh Barfield has been playing second base in Portland. Barfield, once a Padres prospect, was their starting second baseman in 2006.
Padres' Young won't pitch in Braves series
DENVER -- Padres manager Bud Black said on Saturday that Chris Young, who had his start Monday scratched because of tightness in his right shoulder, won't pitch during the home-opening series against the Braves next week.
The Padres are taking a cautious approach with Young after he first felt some tightness in his shoulder a day after tossing six scoreless innings against the D-backs on Tuesday.
"We have an opportunity to give it an extra rest. At this point in the season, it's the smart approach," Young said. "It's nothing I'm worried about."
Kevin Correia will get the start at PETCO Park on Monday. The Padres are off Tuesday, but resume their three-game series on Wednesday with Clayton Richard on the mound. Mat Latos will likely start Thursday in the series finale against Atlanta.
It's expected that Jon Garland will start Friday against the D-backs with Correia coming back on Saturday. Black hasn't announced a starter for Sunday, though it could very well be Young.
Young, who played catch in the outfield before Friday's game, said there was no pain in the shoulder and that, because of the off-day Thursday and another this coming Tuesday, he doesn't mind being cautious.
Neither did Black.
"We'll continue to monitor his progress," Black said of Young, who had season-ending shoulder surgery last August.
Young said he was disappointed that he wouldn't be starting the home opener.
"Heck yes," Young said. "For multiple reasons ... to pitch in front of our fans. That would have been a special day."
Hockey fans by night
DENVER -- Padres utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. and several other teammates took full advantage of a night off Friday to go to the Pepsi Center to watch Hairston's favorite team, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Colorado Avalanche.
Hairston, who grew up in Chicago when his father was playing for the White Sox, wore his Blackhawks sweater to the game.
"It's only been the last few years where I've become a big fan. But you always root for your hometown team," said Hairston, who was joined by his brother, Scott, Matt Stairs and Heath Bell.
The Hairstons were shown on television during the broadcast, which immediately led to several text messages from friends back in Chicago.
Former Padres pitcher Jake Peavy, who is with the White Sox, got the players tickets for the game.
The Padres who were at the game got to go to the locker room after the game, where they met players. Hairston said he invited several players to come to San Diego after their season to see a game and take batting practice.
Around the horn
Expect for former Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba to get a start on Sunday. Torrealba has started once this season in the first five games. ... If left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher -- who is on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain -- checks out fine following his appearance on Saturday for Triple-A Portland, he will be in line for a second appearance on Tuesday. Thatcher was eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday. It's likely that he will rejoin the team sometime next week if he doesn't have any setbacks. ... The Padres play their home opener on Monday at PETCO Park, and could be in for some rain. There's a 50 percent chance of rain on Monday. ... Padres utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. was one of several curious onlookers in the clubhouse before Saturday's game, watching former teammate CC Sabathia come within four outs of a no-hitter. ... Top pitching prospect Simon Castro celebrated his 22nd birthday on Saturday by tossing five scoreless innings for Double-A San Antonio. Castro struck out five and allowed four hits against NW Arkansas.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.