07/23/12 10:57 PM ET
Tweaked delivery working well for Ohlendorf
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
However, Ohlendorf's windup looks dramatically different than it did before.
Ohlendorf, who earned a no-decision in Sunday's victory over the Rockies, is featuring more of a twist during his delivery and is bringing his hands up higher over his head than before.
"I started going over my head and getting a little better turn, which is how I had pitched a few years ago when I felt like I was really pitching well," Ohlendorf said. "I decided to stop going over my head and not turn as much earlier this season. I've been happy with it."
The results have generally been better as the twist has added some deception to his delivery. Ohlendorf allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings with six strikeouts against the Rockies and has a 2.13 ERA over his last two starts.
"He's been fooling with his delivery a little bit and these last two outings have been really good," said Padres catcher John Baker. "He's got this almost Luis Tiant-like turn before he goes and throws the ball, and it's added a little deception."
Padres being careful with Quentin's knee
SAN FRANCISCO -- Outfielder Carlos Quentin, who Sunday signed a three-year contract extension for $27 million, wasn't in Monday's lineup against the Giants, though his manager vowed that he would be in the lineup Tuesday and Wednesday.
"When I look at [the schedule], I thought Carlos would play two of these three games," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He likes to play, but he understands the big picture. And with his knee, he won't play every single day."
Quentin had surgery on his right knee in Spring Training and missed the first 49 games of the season.
Black and Quentin have talked about the team's plan to give him sporadic rest based on a number of factors -- consecutive days he's played, certain pitching matchups, etc.
"We're going to monitor that moving forward," Black said.
Maybin continues to rest ailing wrist
SAN FRANCISCO -- Outfielder Cameron Maybin wasn't in the starting lineup Monday, making it the sixth consecutive game that he hasn't started because of a sore right wrist.
Manager Bud Black said Maybin wouldn't be allowed to swing a bat during batting practice but that he could be available during the game against the Giants.
Maybin had one at-bat in Saturday's loss to the Rockies, though that came after he entered the game as a pinch-runner. Otherwise, his last at-bat occurred July 17.
"He's headed the right direction," Black said. "Right now, it's not going to be a stagnant [situation]. He's going to get better."
Another outfielder, Chris Denorfia, wasn't in the lineup Monday because of a sore left shoulder. Black was hopeful he could play Tuesday, especially with the Giants going with a left-handed pitcher, Madison Bumgarner.
The Padres have yet to announce their starting rotation for a weekend series in Miami beginning Friday. The team is off Thursday, but Black said he would disclose the rotation Tuesday and promised few surprises, if any.
After going 0-for-17 in attempting to nab basestealers, rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal threw out three would-be basestealers during the Padres' recently completed homestand. Black said that Grandal has worked with bullpen coach Justin Hatcher -- a former catcher in the Padres' Minor Leagues -- on his setup to keep him from drifting in the right side of the batter's box during his throwing delivery.
Pitcher Tim Stauffer, on the disabled list since May 15 with a strained right elbow, threw his first bullpen session before Monday's game against the Giants at AT&T Park. "It went well," said Black. "His motion looked good." Stauffer will throw another bullpen session before Wednesday's day game in San Francisco before heading to Arizona for a rehabilitation stint with the Padres' Arizona League team.
According to Elias, the Padres have won 15 games this season in which they scored three or fewer runs, the most victories for any Major League team this season, ahead of the Nationals, Orioles and Athletics (14 each).