05/09/12 2:19 AM ET
Thayer earns first save since 2009
By Sarah Trotto / Special to MLB.com
In fact, it was just his second in the Major Leagues. Thayer owns 173 saves in the Minors, but his only Major League save before Monday's opportunity was a three-inning save on May 22, 2009, when Thayer made his Major League debut with the Rays.
On Monday, Thayer fell behind 3-0 to the first batter he faced, Troy Tulowitzki, before getting him to ground out. Thayer retired the next two batters - Todd Helton via a flyout and Michael Cuddyer via a groundout.
"I was a little nervous, but it was more exciting," Thayer said.
Padres manager Bud Black has said Thayer, Andrew Cashner and Luke Gregerson could close games while closer Huston Street is on the disabled list with a strained right lat. Thayer received the first opportunity for a save since Street went on the DL on Saturday.
"Right out of the chute, three balls to Tulowizki. Not going to lie, a little concerned," Black said. "But he came back and threw three strikes and jammed him on a 3-2 pitch, and he got the next two guys.
"The thing about Dale, he doesn't scare off, and the velocity is up a tick from the last couple years. His slider is working. He seems to be the same guy at 2:30 in the afternoon as he is at 9:45 at night, which is sort of a good thing."
Thayer's 1-2-3 outing Monday was a far cry from his first Major League save. In 2009, he allowed three hits and a run in three innings to close the Rays' 15-2 victory over the Marlins.
"It was a good spot for my first appearance to go out there with a big lead," Thayer recalled.
Padres recall lefty Hinshaw from Triple-A
SAN DIEGO -- Pitcher Alex Hinshaw received the good news at 1 a.m. Tuesday, in his hotel room in New Orleans -- the Padres were beckoning him to the Major Leagues.
Hinshaw's trip to the Big Easy was brief. He arrived early Tuesday morning with Triple-A Tucson. After he received a phone call from Tucson manager Terry Kennedy that he was heading to the Padres, Hinshaw had to catch a 6:30 a.m. flight to San Diego.
"I had not even opened up my suitcase, and TK called me," Hinshaw said. "He said, 'You might not want to sleep. You have a 6:30 a.m. flight.
"I spent all of 20 minutes in New Orleans, made all the normal phone calls -- parents, wife, best friend -- woke them all up."
To support their taxed bullpen, the Padres selected Hinshaw, a left-handed reliever, and optioned outfielder Blake Tekotte to Triple-A on Tuesday. To make room for Hinshaw on the 40-man roster, the Padres moved reliever Micah Owings to the 60-day disabled list.
Due to the excitement of returning to the Majors, Hinshaw said he had difficulty sleeping on the plane.
"It was such a whirlwind," said Hinshaw, who is from Pomona, Calif., and pitched at San Diego State University. "I got here, tried to take a nap, tried to re-energize. I opened up a sliding, glass door and smelled that ocean breeze, and I was like, 'I am not sleeping.'"
Hinshaw was running on adrenaline Tuesday.
"Adrenaline, butterflies, whatever you want to call it," Hinshaw said. "Whatever feeling this is, I don't ever want it to go away. I don't care if I'm dead tired, exhausted. If I get to be in a big league clubhouse I'll take it."
Hinshaw pitched 45 2/3 innings in the Major Leagues in 2008 and 2009 with the Giants. He posted a 4.53 ERA, striking out 49 and walking 36. He posted a 3.72 ERA in 19 1/3 innings with Tucson before his callup.
"He throws 94 left-handed with a hard slider," Padres manager Bud Black said. "In Spring Training, he pitched well."
Padres move Owings to 60-day DL
SAN DIEGO -- With his forearm injury lingering, Padres reliever Micah Owings moved to the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday.
The move opened room for reliever Alex Hinshaw on the Padres' 40-man roster. The Padres also sent outfielder Blake Tekotte to Triple-A Tucson.
Owings originally went on the 15-day disabled list on April 26 with a strained right forearm.
"The diagnosis is still the same, strained forearm, but it really hasn't been healing at a fast rate," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The training staff thought it still might be 10 days or so or more to when he even picks up a ball."
Owings said it shouldn't be too much longer before he starts playing catch. In six relief appearances this season, Owings has posted a 2.79 ERA.
"It's feeling better," Owings said. "It's still nagging a little bit. I feel like we're making progress, but it's still nagging a little bit."
Quentin rests knee during rehab assignment
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres gave outfielder and cleanup hitter Carlos Quentin another day to rest his knee on Tuesday, rather than having him continue a rehab assignment with Class A Lake Elsinore.
Quentin was originally scheduled to play for Lake Elsinore on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"I think we're just going to give the knee another day," Padres manager Bud Black said.
Quentin said on Monday he was moving closer to returning to the Padres and he didn't rule out the team's road trip to Philadelphia later this week. Quentin checked in with the Padres on Monday at Petco Park after spending a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson.
Quentin went on the disabled list April 3 after undergoing right knee surgery.
Black said Tuesday's day off was simply rest for the left fielder. He's expected to play Wednesday with Lake Elsinore.
"Just one more day," Black said.
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