06/22/07 11:28 PM ET
Notes: Giles nears return
With knee better, right fielder could start rehab assignment
By Elizabeth M. Botello / MLB.com
"That's what I'm shooting for right now," Giles said of his imminent return. "Today was the best day I've had. Basically, been able to do everything pain free. Today was a very good day."
Giles has been on the DL since May 20 because of a bruised bone in his right knee. Since his injury, Giles' position has been mostly occupied by Jose Cruz Jr. and Hiram Bocachica.
Giles will likely begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment before he takes the field for the Padres, and it could happen as soon as Monday. But where it will be is uncertain, although Giles may have a say as to where.
"I'll probably be able to chose where I go," Giles said, "but it'd just be a few days to get some at-bats and make sure the knee can hold up for three days in a row and that I don't waste anymore time here."
The destination that makes the most sense is Class A Lake Elsinore, which is located about a one hour and 15 minute drive northeast of San Diego.
"Yeah, I don't want to but they want to make sure if something does happen to it, it happens at a rehab assignment and not activate me or put me back on the 15-day DL."
Giles ran the bases before Friday's game against the Red Sox at PETCO Park and said his knee, for the most part, feels fine.
"A little tight in there but at least the pain was pretty much gone today," he said.
Giles will test the knee more on Saturday, when he attempts to slide on it before the game.
"We'll see how it goes from there," Giles said.
Revolving roster: The Padres made a roster move prior to Friday's game against the Red Sox.
San Diego placed right-handed reliever Doug Brocail on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, with a strained left gluteus muscle.
The Padres recalled left-handed reliever Royce Ring from Triple-A Portland, where he was 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA in 25 games. Ring, who attended San Diego State University, had 39 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.
Brocail injured himself during his last appearance on Wednesday, when he allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Orioles.
"A couple things brought it on," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Through his delivery he felt something, and he felt something covering first base. He was a little bit frustrated by his last outing. I think the injury was probably out of frustration."
Enter Ring, 26, who pitched well for Portland and didn't allow a run in his two outings for the Padres earlier this season against Washington on April 30 and May 2 before he was optioned back to the Beavers.
"Royce has pitched extremely well," Black said. "He's had a good two and a half months of pitching. It shows the depth we have that we can bring up a guy like that with numbers he produced at Triple A."
Ring was able to sleep in his own bed in San Diego on Thursday, as the Beavers were in Fresno playing a series against the Grizzlies.
Ring hasn't appeared in a game since Sunday, so he was deemed available for Friday's game.
Headley's future: Now that Padres third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff is back and nearly at full strength after a lower back strain sidelined him for a week, the team's other rookie third baseman -- Chase Headley -- will be headed back to the Minor Leagues soon.
And with infielder Oscar Robles out indefinitely after suffering a fracture of his left wrist Thursday in Fresno, the Padres can fill Headley's spot with any number of players. If they're looking for an infielder, they could turn to Craig Stansberry, who can play second base and third base and entered Friday's game in Fresno with a .311 batting average.
The Padres want Headley to play every day and he won't get that opportunity now that Kouzmanoff is back. And Portland seems to be the best fit for Headley, considering he was hitting .357 at Double-A San Antonio.
Friar notes: Boston slugger David Ortiz wowed the early-arriving crowd Friday at PETCO Park with some tape-measure blasts during batting practice, though he did so with an aluminum bat. ... Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton, a San Diego native, was on the field before the game talking with Padres general manager Kevin Towers. ... Mike Cameron has hit safely in 10 of his last 13 games, hitting .365 in that stretch. He's hitting .323 in June after a slow start at the plate this season. ... The 1,000 tickets that were made available Friday morning for the three-game series against the Red Sox were sold within 30 minutes. ... Black was peppered with questions by local and Boston media about the importance of this series. He essentially shrugged. "I like to play good teams. I like to play any teams. We play the schedule. I don't see this as any more important or unimportant as any series. We know we're playing a good team," he said.
On deck: The Padres continue their three-game series with the Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. PT at PETCO Park. Chris Young (6-3, 2.26 ERA) gets the start for the Padres, his first since he was ejected last Saturday against the Cubs in Chicago. The Red Sox will counter with Tim Wakefield (7-7, 4.18 ERA). The series concludes on Sunday.
Elizabeth M. Botello is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Corey Brock contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.