Bell welcomes Marines with softball game
Closer considered serving before baseball career took off
SAN DIEGO -- Padres closer Heath Bell celebrated Memorial Day by hosting a group of Marines -- the Wounded Warriors -- in a pickup softball game at PETCO Park.
A softball field was set up in the outfield, where Marines and their families got the chance to play and have a barbecue with Bell and other Padres -- including Clayton Richard, Chase Headley, Sean Gallagher, Chris Young (who did not play) and team president and CEO Tom Garfinkel.
"We're just trying to help them along in times of need," Bell said. "They have the thankless job of the country, and the Padres try to thank them every chance we get. It's a great feeling just to get back out there and mess around with the guys -- and see how happy they were to be on a Major League baseball field."
Memorial Day has special meaning to Bell, as he is the son of a Marine and considered joining before his professional baseball career took off.
"The Marines have always been really close to my heart," Bell said.
And for the record, Bell went 2-for-2 with a home run in the contest.
"[The Padres] should have me hit," Bell joked. "Naturally, I'm a pitcher, so I want to hit. I wasn't trying to crush [the ball on the home run]. It just happened to go."
About 200 Marines were expected to be in attendance for the Padres' series opener against the Mets.
Ryan called up with Torrealba away
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres officially recalled catcher Dusty Ryan from Triple-A Portland on Monday to replace Yorvit Torrealba, who was placed on the restricted list.
Padres manager Bud Black said that Torrealba will be away from the team for three days because of "personal matters," and that he expects Torrealba to rejoin the team on Thursday night in Philadelphia for a three-game set that begins the following evening.
Ryan hit .118 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 35 games with Portland, and is known as a strong defensive catcher. He last appeared in the Major Leagues with Detroit, where he played in 27 games over parts of two seasons and hit .257 with two home runs and 11 RBIs.
Nick Hundley, who has split time with Torrealba behind the plate this season, got the start in Monday's contest against the Mets. He has been an offensive spark for the Padres of late -- his walk-off single in the 11th inning propelled San Diego to a 3-2 victory over Washington on Sunday. Hundley tallied a three-run homer and a triple in the Padres' 4-2 win Saturday over the Nationals.
Injury roundup: Hairston, Stauffer, Blanks
SAN DIEGO -- Scott Hairston played in his second Minor League game with Class A Lake Elsinore on Monday as part of a rehab stint while he continues to recover from a strained left hamstring.
Hairston was batting .247 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in 32 games this season before being placed on the disabled list on May 17 -- retroactive to May 16.
Padres manager Bud Black said he is "optimistic" that Hairston will make the trip to Philadelphia for the Padres' three-game series against the Phillies this weekend.
"We're evaluating Scotty on an everyday basis," Black said. "We're hoping that he gets reactivated soon."
Hairston started in left field for Lake Elsinore on Sunday, going 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
Relief pitcher Tim Stauffer, who has been on the disabled list since May 11 after an emergency appendectomy, threw about 35 pitches on the side on Monday, and Black said he was planning to meet with pitching coach Darren Balsley later in the day to determine the next steps in Stauffer's rehab process.
Black said Stauffer could begin a Minor League rehab stint later this week, but he will likely need more than one game to get his arm strength back, as the Padres plan to continue to use Stauffer in long relief.
"We want to get [Stauffer] back up to the point where he was when he left us," Black said. "It would be nice to get him back to that point where we feel comfortable if there was that type of need for length, [in a] spot start [or in] the 60-80-pitch range."
Stauffer was 2-1 with a 0.39 ERA in 10 appearances (one start) before the appendectomy.
Outfielder Kyle Blanks (strained right elbow) threw during pregame workouts on Monday, but there is still no timetable for his return. Blanks has been on the disabled list since May 20, retroactive to May 18.
"I expect him to increase the intensity of his throwing program," Black said. "That will be a gradual increase of distance and effort as Kyle moves forward."
Gina Mizell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.