DENVER -- Padres manager Bud Black set his post All-Star break rotation on Sunday -- with one caveat.
Jon Garland, Clayton Richard and Kevin Correia will get starts against Arizona starting on Friday in a series at PETCO Park.
It hasn't been determined when Wade LeBlanc or Mat Latos will pitch. The Padres have said they want to be mindful of Latos' workload in the second half of the season.
The All-Star break not only allows the team to reset its rotation but, with an off-day on Monday, July 19, the Padres have the opportunity to push Latos back even further in the rotation.
The Padres open a six-game road trip to Atlanta and Pittsburgh on July 20, meaning the team could turn the rotation over and not have Latos pitch until the second game against the Pirates on July 24. There's also an off-day on July 26.
If this is indeed the case, Latos will have gone 16 days between starts.
"This is a good opportunity for the organization to give Mat a breather so when we move into the second half, he can resume the great first half he had," Black said.
Black maintained Sunday that he's still thinking that Latos -- who is 9-1 with a 1.46 ERA since May 7 -- will throw between 150 and 180 innings this season. He enters the All-Star break with 106 2/3 innings.
If the Padres do push Latos back until the Pirates series, they would likely need to move him off the roster and add a pitcher to take his place. That could be handled by sending him to Triple-A Portland or placing him on the disabled list.
The Padres are hopeful Latos will be added to the All-Star team should the National League need to add a player to its roster.
Cunningham continues his impressive play
DENVER -- The Padres continue to take a long look at outfielder Aaron Cunningham and continue to like what they see.
Cunningham entered Sunday's 9-7 win over the Rockies, the last game of the first half of the season, riding a career-best nine-game hitting streak in which he was hitting .414 with five doubles and seven RBIs.
Cunningham extended his streak to 10 games on Sunday with an RBI double in the second inning and finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
Cunningham has done his damage since replacing outfielder Will Venable on the roster. Venable is on the disabled list recovering from a lower back strain. He will likely need a game or two in the Minor Leagues on a rehabilitation stint before returning.
Venable is eligible to come off the DL on July 17.
But that doesn't necessarily mean Cunningham will be headed back to Triple-A Portland, though.
"He's been very solid," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He's gotten some big hits for us and made some big defensive plays. He has been a plus for us since Will went down."
Cunningham has hit sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth in the lineup. On Sunday, he was listed as second on the lineup card for the first time.
Since being acquired from the Oakland A's in the Scott Hairston-Kevin Kouzmanoff trade in January, the Padres have lauded Cunningham as much more than a throw-in, citing his speed, defense and pop in his bat -- elements that fit what the Padres' new regime is looking for.
Adams injures oblique in Padres' win
DENVER -- Reliever Mike Adams left Sunday's 9-7 victory over the Rockies with what was being called a strained left oblique muscle.
Adams grabbed at his left side after making a pitch to Ian Stewart. After a short meeting with head trainer, Todd Hutcheson, Adams left the game.
He was replaced by Heath Bell, who got the final five outs for his 24th save.
"I felt it the pitch before, I felt it grab. I hope it was nothing," Adams said. "But I don't think it's too bad.
"Hopefully four days is all I need, but it feels like it might be more than that."
It's not known if Adams, who is one of the top setup pitchers in the National League (2.18 ERA), will need a stint on the disabled list.
The Padres are off the next four days for the All-Star break. The second half of the season begins on Friday against Arizona at PETCO Park.
"We're going to see how it sets up," Padres manager Bud Black said. "You never know with these things. He [Adams] told me he had one [strain] five years ago on the other side that was bad. This wasn't as bad."
Black says Padres still have work to do
DENVER -- The first half of the regular season effectively ends Sunday, but San Diego manager Bud Black knows the real work lies ahead.
"There are challenges ahead, based on the fact that we've played well, and other teams have taken notice," he said.
The Padres, one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season, entered Sunday one game ahead of the surging Rockies in the NL West standings.
San Diego also entered its game against the Rockies leading the Major Leagues in ERA (3.21), opponents' batting average (.237) and the fewest baserunners (983) and were tied with three other teams for the top fielding percentage in the Major Leagues (.990).
"Pitching and defense has kept us in games," Black said.
The Padres have had one three-game losing streak this season, a testament, Black said, to their steadiness in the first-half.
"You look at what we've done in the first half and we're encouraged by our play," the skipper said. "The thing that's stood out is consistency. The everyday focus has been good, keeping that in perspective on 'today.'"
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.