04/05/12 8:00 PM ET
Sore elbow lands Stauffer on DL
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
Brach's hope for callup granted on Day 1
SAN DIEGO -- It was late Tuesday night when Padres manager Bud Black informed reliever Brad Brach that he wouldn't be on the Opening Day roster and instead would be headed to Triple-A Tucson.That's not all Black told him, though. "They said to just be ready and that they would need me at some point during the season," Brach said. The Padres didn't wait long. In fact, less than 24 hours later, Brach was told to turn his car around and get back to San Diego, as he was added to the 25-man roster after pitcher Tim Stauffer went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow. Brach didn't see it coming, and had he not waited until late Wednesday afternoon to leave San Diego -- he had to pick up his girlfriend from the airport -- he might have been further along in his drive, his 2006 Saturn Vue packed with his belongings. Brach, who posted a 1.69 ERA in 12 games this spring, said he smiled the entire trip back to San Diego. "I was thinking about it a lot [on the drive to Tucson], how disappointed I was," Brach said. "It's funny how one phone call could change that."
Padres packed with Opening Day newcomers
SAN DIEGO -- Six Padres played made their first appearance on a Major League Opening Day roster on Thursday and just about all of them are players in their mid 20s who are trying to remain at the Major League level.Jesus Guzman, the Padres' 27-year-old left fielder, was trying his best to take in the scene at Petco Park before San Diego faced the Dodgers. "Oh man, this is quite a feeling. Everyone here is really excited," said Guzman, who is with his third organization and entering his 10th professional season. "It's been a long time." The other Padres who made their first Opening Day roster include pitchers Anthony Bass, 24; Brad Brach, 25; and infielders Yonder Alonso, 24; Andy Parrino, 26; and Logan Forsythe, 25. Forsythe was on the disabled list and wasn't at Petco Park on Thursday.