03/22/2013 8:56 PM ET
Padres make three more spring cuts
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres trimmed their roster to 45 on Friday when they reassigned three players to Minor League camp.
Right-handed pitchers Daniel Stange and Thad Weber and catcher Eddy Rodriguez joined the rest of the Minor Leaguers in camp. The three weren't on the 40-man roster and didn't have to be optioned.
Stange had a 5.14 ERA in seven games for the Padres this spring, going 1-1 and allowing seven hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Weber was 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA in five games. He allowed seven runs on 14 hits in 9 2/3 innings and had four strikeouts and three walks.
Rodriguez hit .308 in 13 at-bats over 14 games. He had one home run and knocked in three runs.
The Padres could bring any of the players they've sent to the Minor League side over for Cactus League games in the next week. The team breaks camp Thursday before heading to San Antonio to play two games against the Rangers at the Alamodome.
Forsythe, Quentin remain out of 'A' games
PEORIA, Ariz. -- There was no Logan Forsythe or Carlos Quentin in the Padres' lineup for Friday's game against the Mariners -- and manager Bud Black isn't sure when or if they will appear in a Cactus League game.
"It's getting a little closer to the season and we're hoping for these guys to be in a good spot physically in the next four or five days to feel good about their bodies," Black said.
Forsythe hasn't appeared in a game since March 7 because of plantar fasciitis of his right foot. Forsythe is no longer wearing a boot and said earlier this week that he could be in a game soon.
Forsythe figures to see a lot of time at third base now that Chase Headley will start the season on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured tip of his left thumb.
Quentin, the team's projected left fielder, has played in three Minor League games in the last six days -- Sunday, Monday and again Wednesday, when he played three innings in the outfield for the first time this spring.
Quentin aggravated his surgically repaired right knee earlier this month, though he remains optimistic that he'll be ready for Opening Day on April 1.
Is Black worried either of the two or both could begin the season on the disabled list?
"We're not to that point yet," he said. "Let's hope not.
"I don't think there's a make-or-break date to see them. There's not a drop-dead date."
The team breaks camp Thursday before heading to San Antonio to play two games against the Rangers at the Alamodome.
Volquez gets back to work with Padres
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Pitcher Edinson Volquez didn't just return to Padres camp Friday after his World Baseball Classic stint with the Dominican Republic.
He jumped right back into action.
Volquez tossed two scoreless innings in a Minor League game against the Mariners' Triple-A team, as he struck out three and threw 29 pitches.
San Diego manager Bud Black indicated Volquez will throw a bullpen session Sunday and then get in a game sometime mid-week.
"Everything is good right now," Volquez said. "I threw a lot of first-pitch strikes; I used all my pitches. One or two more starts and I'll be ready to go."
The Padres haven't named a starting pitcher for Opening Day on April 1, though Volquez could be in line for his second Opening Day start in as many years for the team.
Before Friday, Volquez last pitched in the Dominican Republic's Classic semifinal victory Monday over the Netherlands. He allowed one run in five innings and was the winning pitcher. He did so while fighting off a nasty bout with the flu.
Volquez was so sick that he slept through most of the Dominican Republic's victory Tuesday against the Puerto Rico. He was curled up in the clubhouse and nearly missed the celebration.
"I woke up with two outs in the ninth, in time to join the guys and celebrate," he said. "It was great ... the best feeling in the world."