I know I'm ready for the calendar to turn to May, after all it is my birthday month! Yes that's right, birthday MONTH. Ha!
I'm sure the Padres feel the same way, 24 games in April and a 7-17 record, May will be a welcome sight or so one would think. Then comes news today of another injury to a pitcher.
Manager Bud Black informed us today that Cory Luebke will miss his scheduled start due to a sore left elbow. Black says pushing Luebke back was mainly a precaution, and the team is hopeful it will only be one start. Jeff Suppan will come up from Triple-A Tucson to make the start. A corresponding roster move will be made either tonight or tomorrow.
Luebke felt some discomfort in the elbow during his last start in San Francisco, right around the 4th inning. He added, "If this was September, I'd still be pitching", saying that the elbow is "significantly better with the treatment" he's getting on it. He understands that it's early in the season and the team is trying to "stay on top of it".
In a twist of irony, Suppan will face his former team the Brewers in the start tomorrow. The veteran right hander won't be worrying about that, "I"m only concerned about making good pitches", said Suppan. He thinks he's stretched out enough to make upwards of 90 pitches. "I made two starts in extended spring training and two in (Triple-A) Tucson, and got up to about 65 pitches", he added.
Will Venable - RF
Chris Denorfia - LF
Chase Headley - 3B
Nick Hundley - C
Yonder Alonso - 1B (current 5 game hitting streak - career hi)
Orlando Hudson - 2B
Cameron Maybin - CF
Jason Bartlett - SS
Edinson Volquez - SP
Volquez is looking for his first win as a member of the Padres. He comes in 0-2, with a 3.60 ERA.
Casey Kelly was in San Diego yesterday to get a check up from the Padres team doctors. Bud Black says that the pitcher was encouraged by the visit. Kelly is back in Tucson and will continue resting until the soreness and pain in the elbow are completely gone.
It will be interesting to see how the team pitches to Ryan Braun tonight. The Brewers slugger hit 3 homers and a triple, driving in 6 runs last night. He accounted for 15 total bases a new Milwaukee record. Braun became the first player to ever hit 3 homers in a game at Petco Park.
I appreciate everybody asking either here on the blog or by direct message on Twitter or Facebook asking about when I'll be doing a game again. I have the answer for you here.
I'll have tomorrow's game with Colonel Coleman on XX1090 starting at 3:30pm, in the final game of the 3 game series with Milwaukee.
I will be filling in again for Dick Enberg on Fox Sports San Diego this weekend. I'll work with Mark Grant on Friday (7:05pm), Saturday (5:35pm) and Sunday (1:05pm) for the series against the Marlins. Tune us in (if you can) on FSSD.
Alright, that's it, thanks again and take care!