PEORIA, Ariz.-- San Diego manager Bud Black was asked Sunday about the group of younger players who typically enter games in Spring Training after the starters have departed, usually around the fifth or sixth inning.
"The B-Bombers are fun," Black said, smiling.
The B-Bombers -- what Black likes to call the position players in camp without Major League service time who likely don't figure in the team's plans for 2012 -- have been impressive, the manager said.
Outfielder Jaff Decker entered the day tied for the team lead with five hits, including two home runs and a team-high four RBIs. Fellow outfielder Rymer Liriano, regarded as one of the Padres top prospects, made two nice running catches in Saturday's victory over the Indians. He's also 4-for-9 with two RBIs.
First baseman Matt Clark is 4-for-7 with a home run. Also, third baseman Edinson Rincon is 7-for-10 with five doubles. Second baseman Jonathan Galvez is 4-for-9.
"These guys aren't playing enough," Black quipped.
Guzman's biggest battle in outfield: Arizona sun
PEORIA, Ariz. -- For Jesus Guzman, one of the biggest adjustments to do with playing the outfield this spring has had nothing to do with breaking back on a ball, or in on a line drive, or even knowing which particular angle he should take while giving pursuit to a ball in the gap.
No, one of Guzman's biggest challenges has been learning how to deal with the sun, especially on those cloudless afternoons in Arizona during games that start around 1 p.m.
"If you play here [in Arizona], the sun is going to be really bad," Guzman said. "It was yesterday ... right in your face. When you don't play the outfield much, you're not used to seeing the ball up in the sun."
So far, Guzman hasn't had any issues with losing track of or dropping balls in the outfield during games because of the sun. He hopes he never will, either. That's why Guzman has consulted other outfielders about how he should better track the ball.
"These guys have helped me by saying that if you turn to the side a little you can see the ball better," Guzman said. "You can pick it up easier."
Headley enjoys 'good' first game of spring
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Nothing too exciting to report about Chase Headley's first game of the spring for the Padres -- a hit, a walk and not much action at third base against the D-backs.
"It was as good as it can be," Headley said.
The biggest news to come from Sunday's game was that Headley's tight lower back, one that had kept him from games before Sunday, is feeling fine and isn't expected to trouble him moving forward. Or, at least, that's the goal.
"It was a little stiff for a few days, then it started to spasm," said Headley, who has never really dealt with any back issues before this spring.
Headley started at third base and hit third against Arizona. He grounded out in the first inning and singled in the fourth inning. Both at-bats were right-handed for the switch-hitter. He walked in his final plate appearance of the day in the fifth inning, while batting left-handed.
"I felt better than expected, especially for not having a live at-bat for a while," Headley said. "More than anything, it was just fun to go out there and compete again."
Infielder Logan Forsythe, who had his sesamoid bone removed from his left foot Friday in San Diego, was back in Peoria on Sunday. Forsythe, who's wearing a protective book and using crutches, will rest the foot for a few more days before starting his rehabilitation program here. The timetable for his recovery is pegged at between six and eight weeks. ... Manager Bud Black said the Padres will soon have their first round of cuts, possibly as early as Monday. No surprises are expected as players are sent to Minor League camp.