Padres activate Patterson from disabled list
Reliever Deduno, outfielder Hunter sent to Triple-A Tucson
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres made a pair of roster moves on Sunday, sending relief pitcher Samuel Deduno and outfielder Cedric Hunter to Triple-A Tucson.
The Padres also recalled left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc from Tucson and reinstated utility man Eric Patterson from the 15-day disabled list.
Deduno threw two innings in relief on Saturday against the Dodgers and worked a total of three innings in two appearances, allowing one run on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
Hunter, who like Deduno made his first Opening Day roster, got his first Major League hit on Tuesday against the Cardinals.
LeBlanc was added to the roster on Sunday to give the Padres a long-relief option in the event that Sunday's starter, Aaron Harang, ran into trouble. The Padres' designated long reliever, Cory Luebke, threw four innings in relief Friday and wasn't available Sunday.
LeBlanc made one start with Tucson, allowing eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings on Thursday in Colorado Springs.
LeBlanc didn't stay long, though. On Monday, he will be optioned back to Tucson when pitcher Mat Latos is added to the roster in time for his start against the Reds.
Patterson, who got the start Sunday in center field, will also be used occasionally at second base. Patterson began the season on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He played in two games with Class A Lake Elsinore, on Thursday and Friday.
"We want to get him involved," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We like his versatility and that he's able to play in the infield and can play all three outfield positions. He will be a valuable player for us moving forward."
Patterson had a strong spring for the Padres, in which he hit .438, had seven doubles, one triple and a home run in 15 games.
"He's got some sock from the left-hand side and can steal a base," Black said.
Bartlett gets chance to rest sore back
SAN DIEGO -- Chances are, Padres shortstop Jason Bartlett would have gotten the day off on Sunday, though a sore back made manager Bud Black's decision to sit him easier.
Bartlett got the start off in the series finale against the Dodgers because of a sore back that caused him to leave Saturday's game in the top of the ninth inning.
Bartlett was replaced by Alberto Gonzalez.
"It stiffened up ... he's day to day," Black said of Bartlett.
This is precisely why the Padres acquired Gonzalez in the final week of Spring Training from the Nationals -- they wanted someone who could handle the position defensively.
"It's a premium position, especially on the defensive side," Black said. "Alberto fits the bill."
Before Sunday, Bartlett had started every game at shortstop this season. He might well have gotten the day off Sunday, as regulars Chase Headley (third base) and Cameron Maybin (center field) got the start off.
Maybin entered the game in the top of the seventh on a double-switch and then hit his second homer of the season to lead off the bottom half of the frame.
Black shuffles lineup to keep reserves fresh
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' lineup had a different look for the final game of a three-game series with the Dodgers on Sunday.
Jorge Cantu (third base), Alberto Gonzalez (shortstop) and Eric Patterson (center field) were in the lineup. For Gonzalez and Patterson, it was their first starts of the season. As for Cantu, he's had three previous starts at first base.
"You want to get some guys some starts and get them in the flow," Padres manager Bud Black said. "You don't want to wait too long to get guys a start."
That the Padres played long into the night Friday during a suspended game that resumed Saturday before the regularly scheduled game had something to do with giving players like third baseman Chase Headley a day off.
The Padres are also in a stretch in which they're playing 20 consecutive games with their next off-day not until April 28.
Headley, who appeared in 161 games last season and ranked first among National League third basemen in games, understands the benefit of staying off his feet for a day -- even in April.
"Especially with the way things have gone the last few days, the marathon games ... it can be tough on your body," Headley said. "I think giving a little break now can help in the long run."