05/26/12 5:39 PM ET
Encouraged Street nearing rehab assignment
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
Prior to Saturday's game against the Mets, Padres manager Bud Black indicated that Street could report to one of the club's Minor League affiliates to face live hitting and build his endurance.
"He's encouraged by his progress," Black said. "We're looking forward to getting him on the mound."
Street took another step forward in his rehabilitation on Saturday, when he played long toss in the outfield at Citi Field. He's been able to increase both the time he's throwing and the distance.
He'll likely throw a bullpen session in the coming days, and if he emerges healthy, he could be sent out to pitch in games sometime next week.
Street, who was 4-for-4 in save opportunities, suffered the injury while throwing during the 10th inning of a 9-8 loss to the Marlins at Petco Park on May 4.
Dale Thayer has successfully converted all five of his save opportunities since filling in for Street, heading into Saturday.
Maybin not worried after exiting with wrist sprain
NEW YORK -- Center fielder Cameron Maybin left Saturday's 9-0 loss to the Mets with a sprained right wrist, though he's not expected to miss much time because of it.
"It's been kind of bothering me for a week, and [today] it got a little worse," Maybin said. "It was affecting the way I was swinging the bat. I hope it's a day-or-two thing."
Maybin was hitless in his first two at-bats before being replaced by Blake Tekotte to start the sixth inning. He had caught a fly ball from David Wright at the warning track to end the fifth before he departed.
"Cam is fine. He's got a little bit of a wrist situation, but we think it will calm down," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It's nothing significant."
Black said that Maybin has been taking extra batting practice, in some cases after games, to try and find his way out of a funk at the plate. After Saturday, Maybin is hitting .216.
After the game, Maybin didn't sound like he was too interested in missing much time, if any at all.
"I don't like coming out of games or missing any games," Maybin said. "But I want to get it [wrist] right as quick as I can."
Mets' roster sprinkled with former Padres
NEW YORK -- There are several familiar faces in the Mets' dugout this weekend, as four former Padres are on New York's active roster: catcher Rob Johnson, outfielders Scott Hairston and Mike Baxter and right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hefner.
All but Hefner played at the Major League level with the Padres at some point. Hefner, who started on Thursday, spent five seasons in San Diego's Minor League system.
Baxter has considerable history with many players on the Padres' roster. He was drafted by the team in 2003 out of Vanderbilt. He spent parts of six seasons in the Minor Leagues before getting eight at-bats with the team in 2010. He got his first Major League hit that season.
Baxter, 27, has found a home with the Mets, which is fitting, since the home where he grew up in Queens is no more than two miles from Citi Field.
Baxter was claimed off waivers from the Padres on July 22, 2011. Last season, he hit .235 in 22 games. He's played much more this season, hitting .352 in 54 at-bats and taking to the job as a pinch-hitter.
Baxter made a nice catch in the first inning of Friday's 6-1 loss to the Mets on a Jesus Guzman fly ball to left, as he corralled the ball before it landed up against the fence. He then completed a double play when the Mets were able to double-up Yonder Alonso at first base.
"He's a fundamentally sound player," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Our Minor League people taught him well. He's a bright kid. I think it's cool when a guy comes back to play in his hometown. And this is literally in his backyard."
Stauffer to take extra time to rest strained elbow
NEW YORK -- Don't look for Padres starting pitcher Tim Stauffer to return to the mound anytime soon.
Stauffer, on the disabled list for the second time this season with a strained right elbow, is headed for what his manager called "lengthy rest."
"We're looking at more extensive rest for Tim," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Even when he's eligible to come off the disabled list, he's going to need more time."
Stauffer started the season on the disabled list and then returned to make a start on May 14 against Washington. He said he experienced soreness in his elbow -- in his flexor tendon bundle -- late in that outing. He allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings against the Nationals.
Stauffer went back on the disabled list on May 18, retroactive to May 15.
Stauffer recently had a second opinion on his elbow by noted orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum, who also repaired pitcher Cory Luebke's damaged left ulnar collateral ligament last week.
The Padres currently have four starting pitchers on the disabled list -- Stauffer, Luebke, Joe Wieland and Dustin Moseley. Luebke and Moseley are out for the rest of the season.
Hard-luck outing for Bass, says Baker
NEW YORK -- It was sort of a helpless feeling for Padres catcher John Baker on Friday, watching as pitcher Anthony Bass struggled to get outs in a 6-1 loss to the Mets.
While Bass allowed six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, he did so with what he considered his best stuff of the season. Baker concurred.
"His slider was good, his changeup was good, but it was like every pitch that he threw over the plate, they hit," Baker said. "There's nothing you can really do."
Baker cited a fastball that Bass threw down and away to Mike Baxter, who sent it the other way for a run-scoring double. Baker also thought Bass made a good pitch on a slider in the bottom of the strike zone to Ike Davis, who went down and drove it up the middle for a two-run single.
"I guess you just have to tip your cap to the Mets," Baker said.
In the first game of his second Minor League rehabilitation stint, outfielder Carlos Quentin had three hits -- including a home run -- for Class A Lake Elsinore on Friday. Quentin had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on March 19, and had a setback in his rehabilitation earlier this month. There's no timetable for his return.