ST. LOUIS -- It's certainly not unusual for a pitcher to be a bit sore the day following a start, though Tim Stauffer's dilemma on Friday was a little different, his aches and pains a little abnormal.
In a three-pitch span Thursday, the Padres' starting pitcher was hit by batted balls hit up the middle.
"You don't see that often," Padres manager Bud Black said.
The first one was by Cardinals leadoff hitter Skip Schumaker, who bounced a ball off the inside of Stauffer's left knee. He recovered to throw Schumaker out at first base. Two pitches later, Jon Jay bounced a ball up the middle and off the outside of Stauffer's right knee.
The ball caromed into foul territory near first base where Adrian Gonzalez couldn't quite get a handle on it in time to get an out.
"It would have been a bang-bang play," Stauffer said.
Stauffer admitting to being a little sore Friday, but said, "It wasn't too bad. If I had sat for a long time, I might have cramped up."
Ready preaching less is more to Padres hitters
ST. LOUIS -- On Wednesday in Denver, Padres hitting coach Randy Ready approached third baseman Chase Headley -- who wasn't in the starting lineup -- and encouraged him to avoid his bats all day, if possible.
"I recommended to him that he not pick up one all day," Ready said. "We've got to be careful, physically. These guys have taken a lot of swings. I think it's important to have them cut back this time of year."
That's not always easy for a hitter who is trained to, offensively, do just that: Hit. And not just during the game, but the countless swings taken before a game in the cage and then during batting practice.
"At this time of year, it's probably more quality and less quantity," Ready said.
To that end, players are taking far fewer swings than usual.
Ready said that in some cases -- because San Diego is at the end of the year and players are likely to be more tired than they were in say, April -- a few actually tinker with different bats, weights and lengths.
"Some guys use something lighter, something shorter," Ready said. "But a lot of guys are stubborn about their bats. But we can't not make adjustments just because they're stubborn."
Headley has so far resisted the urge to change bats. He's been swinging the same 34-inch, 32 1/2-ounce bat all season.
"You don't want to pick up something now that feels completely different," he said. "It's not like I have my model in three different ounces. If you wanted to do that, you would have to order them far in advance."
But Headley does agree with Ready's premise that less is indeed more when it comes to swings at this time of the season.
"It's important, but it's also difficult, because if you don't feel right at the plate, you want to [hit more] to get your mechanics right," Headley said. "When I was struggling, my bat speed wasn't as quick as it had been. I think you should take the right amount of swings you need and nothing more."
Padres shake up Minors development staff
ST. LOUIS -- The Padres made a handful of changes on the operational side of the Minor League development staff on Friday.
The Padres opted not to renew the contracts for Minor League coaches Orv Franchuk (Triple-A hitting coach), Max Venable (Double-A hitting coach), Jose Mateo (DSL hitting coach), Glenn Abbott (Double-A pitching coach), Tom Bradley (manager for short-season Eugene) and Jose Flores (manager for Class A Fort Wayne).
Venable is the father of Padres outfielder Will Venable.
The Padres have also replaced Minor League coordinator of trainers Matt Wilson with Jojo Tarantino. Ryan Bitzel replaces Matt Neiberg as rehabilitation coordinator and, as reported previously, Sean Berry replaces Tony Muser as hitting coordinator and Glen Barker has been hired as an outfield and baserunning coordinator.
The Padres have opted not to renew the contract of Duffy Dyer as catching coordinator.