6/15/2014 1:40 P.M. ET
Padres share favorite memories of their fathers
By Jake Kring-Schreifels / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Unlike the Mets, most of the Padres, in the middle of an eight-game road trip, won't get to be with their families on Father's Day. But a few players with family on the East Coast have been lucky.
Saturday's starter Jesse Hahn got to reunite with his dad on Saturday after winning his first Major League game and Tim Stauffer's parents, residents of upstate New York, have been at Citi Field for the entire weekend.
"I don't get to see them a whole lot, so it was good to see them," said Stauffer, who remembers his dad being vital in sharing baseball with him. "He was really proactive, a good dad, got me out doing a lot of things, got me involved in the game. It's kind of nice being able to see them, and unfortunately not being at home with my son right now. [I'm] very fortunate to have a good role model."
Monday's starter Tyson Ross shared similar sentiments about his father introducing the game to him at a young age.
"He coached me from Little League up, and so I spent plenty of hours with him," said Ross. "Having him coach me, going to the park playing catch, doing things like that ... it's definitely where the love of the game started, just that bond I have with my father."
Tommy Medica was lucky. When he was growing up, his dad didn't have a full-time job, which allowed them a lot more time to spend together. His dad coached him as a youngster, too.
"Ever since I was little, my dad had been able to coach," said Medica. "I played pony baseball, so he was always the coach of that. We had a group of four or five guys that were always on the team and their dads were always the coaches. It was pretty cool."
Similar to Hahn's Connecticut family reunion at Saturday's game, when Medica got promoted for the first time against the Phillies, his parents made the trip from California to see their son.
"When I first got called up last year they flew out to Philadelphia. You could tell they were very excited, my dad especially," said Medica.
Stauffer is also a father of a 2-year-old, Noah, and is expecting another child to arrive soon in a few weeks. He enjoys the responsibilities even though he can't be with his family during the team's road trips.
"It helps you put things in perspective," said Stauffer about having children. "Definitely in the game, and it helps you in times when things aren't going well. You kind of realize that they're there for you and it's a lot of fun being able to mold a kid how you'd like to. [Noah's] a good boy."
Noah also likes baseball.
"He's a big fan," said Stauffer. "He gets pretty fired up watching the games."
Padres place Vincent on DL, call up Boyer
NEW YORK -- Just a day after lefty reliever Troy Patton landed on the 15-day disabled list due to shoulder trouble, another arm in the Padres 'pen joined him Sunday.
San Diego placed righty Nick Vincent on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 12 because of right shoulder fatigue and selected righty Blaine Boyer from Triple-A to replace him on the roster.
Before he suffered the injury, Vincent had struggled in his last few outings, allowing three runs in back to back starts against the Nationals and Phillies, raising his ERA to 5.67.
"The last couple games have been a little bit of a road bump for him," said manager Bud Black. "The strength in his shoulder was decreasing to the point that it probably wasn't going to subside in a few days. I think the logical thing to do was put him on the DL and take a little step back here, let his shoulder rest, and hopefully in two weeks he'll bounce back and be ready to pitch."
As for when the injury may have occurred, Black didn't speculate, but again, as he indicated with Patton, Black alluded to a reliever's perpetual state of soreness.
"Players are nicked up, banged up, sore," he said. "A lot of the time, in a pitcher's case, you pitch through a little soreness, you pitch through some discomfort. And at times it gets better. It's variable how your arm feels from week to week, month to month.
"No player makes excuses and Nick's one of those guys who won't be [making them]."
Boyer has pitched well enough to earn a spot on the roster in Vincent's absence. The veteran righty is 1-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 25 appearances for Triple-A El Paso. He will arrive at the start of Sunday's game and will be available for Black if needed.
"He was one of our better pitchers on our Triple-A staff," said Black. "He was throwing the ball well compared to the other guys we were looking at ... just based on his work over the last two or three weeks."
As a whole, Black's been happy with the depth he's seen with his relievers in the farm system, but knows their performances can ebb and flow over the course of a few seasons.
"On the reliever side, that can vary from year to year, but presently, we're happy with where we are," he said. "It's a good thing that Huston [Street] and Joaquin [Benoit] have done their thing, and Dale [Thayer] has been steady and Alex Torres has statistically done a good job. Relievers can show times when they're extremely hot and might be able to come from nowhere."
• After an impressive second Major League start, Hahn will stay in the rotation and pitch Thursday against the Mariners at home, according to Black.
• Yonder Alonso is riding a three-game hitting streak and Black inserted the first baseman into the lineup again on Sunday.
"Yonder's slowly gaining on it a little bit," Black said. "His last 10 games have been much better than the previous 10. We need to get him going."
Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.