02/20/11 4:00 PM EST
Padres hitting coach staying hands-off for now
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
Not the position players and manager Bud Black and especially not hitting coach Randy Ready, who kept themselves dry in the covered hitting area, keeping an eye on not only their returning position players but the many new faces in camp.
Black said earlier in the week that once position players showed up, he would probably "shift a little bit of focus to the [position] players."
"We have a lot of new faces," Black said. "I want to get to know them and watch them."
The list of new position players in camp is lengthy -- catcher Rob Johnson, infielders Jorge Cantu, Brad Hawpe, Orlando Hudson and Jason Bartlett and outfielders Cameron Maybin and Eric Patterson.
Throw in the two non-roster invitees who have a good chance to make the team -- utility infielder Kevin Frandsen and catcher Gregg Zaun -- and there's a lot of evaluation that will take place between now and when camp breaks at the end of next month.
But first for Ready is simply letting the hitters hit without offering much in the way of suggestions. There's time for that. He's still open if the hitters have questions, but he's using these early weeks to evaluate swing mechanics and approach.
"Everyone is here in a good state of mind, they're coming off their winter program and now we've got to sit back and evaluate before we make suggestions," Ready said.
On Monday, position players are scheduled to be on the field to hit against live pitching for the first time.