06/16/10 7:08 PM ET
Padres sign 20 Draft picks
By Corey Brock and Gina Mizell / MLB.com
Among those players are their second-round pick, infielder Jedd Gyorko of West Virginia, and another infielder, fourth-round pick Chris Bisson, out of the University of Kentucky.
Both players will begin their professional career Friday with short-season Eugene of the Northwest League.
The Padres also signed outfielder Houston Slemp (10th-round pick, Eastern Oklahoma St. Junior College) and their 12th-round pick, right-handed pitcher Christopher Franklin out of Southeastern Louisiana University.
Slemp and Franklin will join Gyorko and Bisson in Eugene.
Also Wednesday, the Padres had right-handed pitcher A.J. Vanegas, their seventh-round pick out of Redwood Christian High School in Northern California, in for a workout at PETCO Park.
Vanegas, who has committed to Stanford, threw a bullpen session before the game under the watch of Padres manager Bud Black.
Bell stays in game, despite few save chances
SAN DIEGO -- Heath Bell couldn't help but laugh.
With the Padres clinging to a 5-2 lead in the eighth inning Tuesday against the Blue Jays, the Padres closer was warming up in the bullpen and getting ready to come in for his first save opportunity since June 10.
But San Diego added three runs in that frame, causing Bell to throw on his jacket and take the rest of the night off because he was no longer needed -- again.
"Last night was more comical than anything, because this home stand we've had five games, and I haven't had to come in any one of them, and I've been ready to go in four of them," Bell said. "That doesn't usually happen. Last night was just like, 'Are you kidding me? Apparently my guys don't want to see me come in.'"
Bell is tied for second in the National League with 17 saves in 20 opportunities, but has made just four appearances so far in June.
But even though Bell hasn't gotten much game experience as of late, he said he wasn't worried about losing his rhythm.
"Every time I pick up a ball, it's for a purpose," Bell said. "[Pitching coach Darren Balsley and bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds] pretty much keep me accountable if there's too many days off. I've gotten my work in, I just haven't gotten in a game."
Bell also said he's always mentally in the game, even after he's been told to sit down because he won't be coming in to close things out.
"If you watch my lips, I'm probably talking to Ryan Webb while he's pitching," Bell said. "I'm like, 'Come on man, throw that fastball,' or 'Throw that curveball here.' I'm in every pitch. Anytime the bullpen goes in, I'm really focused. I want those guys to do so well, not just so I can get in the game, but I want our bullpen to be one of the best ones around."
And Padres manager Bud Black has welcomed the time off for Bell, who led the NL with 42 saves last season.
"Isn't that great?" Black said. "It's good to get him some rest."
Cabrera to begin rehab at Triple-A Portland
SAN DIEGO -- Padres manager Bud Black said shortstop Everth Cabrera will begin his Minor League rehabilitation assignment Monday with Triple-A Portland.
Cabrera has missed a total of 36 games this season because of two stints on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
Black said Cabrera will play at least three games with Portland, but possibly more. He wants Cabrera to play in Portland because of the "higher level of competition, and they have some injuries up there."
Cabrera missed 15 games earlier in the season with a hamstring strain. He returned, but the injury returned in May. He went on the disabled list on May 28, retroactive to May 24.
Jerry Hariston Jr. has started 39 games at shortstop in Cabrera's absence.
All-Star voting goes online for Padres fans
SAN DIEGO -- Wednesday is the last day that ballots will be available inside PETCO Park for fans to vote their favorite Padres into the starting lineup for the National League All-Star team.
Fans can still cast their vote for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and at all 30 club sites using the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until July 1 at 8:59 p.m. PT.
Among the Padres that still need help from fans to earn a spot in the starting lineup are Adrian Gonzalez, who entered the final Blue Jays matchup tied for second in the NL with 15 home runs, Chase Headley, who tied for the lead among NL third basemen with 71 hits entering the series finale, and David Eckstein, who had 67 hits and 17 doubles entering the game.
No Padre ranked in the top 5 in fan votes at their position when the latest totals were announced earlier this week.
Starting rosters will be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection show on TBS on July 4.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com; Gina Mizell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.