Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Diamondbacks and off the Diamond...

Back to "work" after an off day and it started off a little busier than normal today.  First a conference call with John Moores, talking about his decision to sell the team for the second time in 3 years.  Second an update on pitcher Dustin Moseley who was placed on the disabled list before Sunday's series finale with the Dodgers. 

In the Moores situation, he's hired a couple of firms who specialize in locating potential buyers.  From all indications, baseball teams are a hot commodity these days and there have been several inquiries already.  Moores wouldn't comment on whether or not some of the current limited partners would be interested in purchasing the team, but he didn't rule it out.  Moores basically never imagined he'd be in his 18th season of ownership and feels that it's time to move on at this point.   This may be the best time to sell, on the heels of the Dodgers purchase of somewhere in the 2 billion dollar range, the market is obviously different than it was 3 years ago.  Nobody wanted to speculate at how much the team might be sold for, but it will be higher than the Moorad/Moores original agreement I'm sure.  

Bad news for a really good guy.  Dustin Moseley's MRI revealed "extensive damage" to his right shoulder and the pitcher will miss significant time.  Moseley was placed on the disabled list after his start Saturday night, feeling discomfort in the shoulder.  He new something was wrong when he threw a fastball to Matt Kemp, and the board registered the pitch as a "changeup" and only 84 mph.  

Now the Padres have 2 spots available in the rotation.  Anthony Bass will likely start the series finale against Arizona, but that's only if he's not needed out of the pen at some point before then.  Speculation will swirl about who may start at Los Angeles Saturday, but no names have been mentioned as "official" candidates.  Feel free to draw your own conclusions.  

Also of note, Mark Kotsay will head out on minor league rehab tomorrow.  He'll suit up for the Lake Elsinore Storm at the Diamond.  He may only need a few games to get ready to return to the Padres lineup. 

Lineup v. Arizona (XX 1090, Leitner/Scanlan, 7pm)

CF - Cameron Maybin
RF - Will Venable
3B - Chase Headley
LF - Jesus Guzman
1B - Yonder Alonso
 C - Nick Hundley
2B - Orlando Hudson
SS - Jason Bartlett
SP - Edinson Volquez

- Volquez will try to bounce back from an opening day loss to the Dodgers.  He went 5 innings, giving up only 3 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, but he walked 4 and struck out 7.  Volquez was sailing along through the first three innings, then walked 4 hitters in the 4th inning, forcing in a run.  His defense let him down in the 5th, with two errors behind him and a run scored. 

- San Diego product, Trevor Cahill (Vista HS) will make the start for the Diamondbacks.  This will be his first career start against the Padres.  

Alright, that's it for today....


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