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Padre Regular Season Thread

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by wrbanwal, Apr 5, 2008.

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    Well, not exactly:

    Wolf snarls, gets quartet of homers
    05/23/2008 12:34 AM ET
    By Corey Brock / MLB.com

    SAN DIEGO -- The Padres got two home runs from Khalil Greene and Randy Wolf held the Reds to two runs Thursday as San Diego defeated Cincinnati 8-2 in front of a crowd of 22,047 at PETCO Park.

    Greene and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit consecutive home runs in the seventh inning off Reds reliever Mike Lincoln to break open a close game as the Padres (18-32) won a laugher in which Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker was ejected.

    Wolf (3-4) allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts. He did allow a two-run homer to Ken Griffey Jr. in the first inning, the 598th career home run for Griffey, but little else.

    The Padres also got a two-run shot from Adrian Gonzalez during the fifth inning off Reds starter Aaron Harang (2-6).
    It was the first four-homer game for the Padres this season. The Padres and Reds (21-27) continue their four-game series on Friday.
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    If anyone wants me to post the Barrett kissing AGon pic/video, which happened during the post-game interview of AGon, I will be glad to post them...

    That's right boys, winning is FUN.:yes:
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    Good to see the Bats tonight! Green picked it up...hope he can sustain this level for a while.
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    sustain what level??? the current level they are on is um..ya you got it. Management has torn this franchise up. JM is a cheap.... Padres will never win until they get a bet GM and stop trading away there farm system.
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    They could try this? :icon_rofl:

    http://lasvegas.cox.net/cci/newsnat...=article&id=D90RNNEG0&_action=validatearticle

    Minor leaguer traded for 10 maple baseball bats in Texas after immigration flap
    05-23-2008 7:18 PM
    By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer

    McALLEN, Texas (Associated Press) -- During three years in the low minors, John Odom never really made a name for himself until he got traded for a bunch of bats.

    "I don't really care," he said Friday. "It'll make a better story if I make it to the big leagues."

    For now, Odom is headed to the Laredo Broncos of the United League. They got him Tuesday from the Calgary Vipers of the Golden Baseball League for a most unlikely price: 10 Prairie Sticks Maple Bats, double-dipped black, 34-inch, C243 style.

    "They just wanted some bats, good bats _ maple bats," Broncos general manager Jose Melendez said.

    According to the Prairie Sticks Web site, their maple bats retail for $69 each, discounted to $65.50 for purchases of six to 11 bats.

    The Canadian team signed Odom about a month ago, but couldn't get the 26-year-old righty into the country. It seems Odom had a "minor" but unspecified criminal record that wasn't revealed to immigration officials before they scanned his passport, Vipers president Peter Young said.

    Odom said the charge stemmed from a fight when he was 17. Although he thought it had been expunged from his record, it popped up during immigration.

    Originally from Atlanta, Odom was drafted late by the San Francisco Giants in 2003. He pitched 38 games in Class A from 2004-06 and was released by the organization this spring.

    The bat trade wasn't the first time Calgary came up with some creative dealmaking. The Vipers once tried to acquire a pitcher for 1,500 blue seats when they were renovating their stadium, Young said.
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    wonder which of the current podres are even worth that many bats.
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    The padres been ****** since 98' season. So what if they won a couple of division titles since then. How many playoff games have they won since that WS appearence? now that the west is a bit better, it is truely showing how bad the padres are this year. Sorry KT, no backending into the playoffs this year!!
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    Padres '08: On road to nowhere?

    http://www3.signonsandiego.com/news/2008/may/26/road-nowhere/

    Given a day to reflect on a Padres season approaching its one-third point -- albeit something fans probably would just as soon forget -- a bit of extra irony does come to mind.

    Really now. When your club is the absolute worst in the National League, when almost everything about it seems to have gone wrong since before Day One, when there's little to suggest that that will change, when the pace of games is painful and the play can be unsightly, what's the one statistical category you definitely do not want your boys to lead?

    Innings played.

    The only club in the NL that's being outhit by San Diego is the one the Padres host tonight, the Washington Nationals, marking the second straight series matching cellar-dwellers at Petco Park. The Nats better bring an overnight bag, because no team in baseball lasts longer than the Padres, who average 9.275 innings per game after 19 wins and 33 losses.

    People can get too much of a bad thing, which is likely why so few showed up for the Padres' last game, a Sunday outing in the middle of a three-day holiday weekend. And that surely was why so many attendees left Petco Park hours before the end of a game that went a mere 18 innings, relatively short by Padres standards.

    The intent here isn't to taunt or rub anybody's nose in anything, nor to further decry the struggles of a Padres club that's just as exasperated with itself as folks are exasperated with it. That's grown tiresome for all concerned.

    Rather, the exercise is to delineate just how bizarre and unexpected things have become, well past the point of nonsensical.

    Only two months in, it's already been one of the weirdest major league seasons in memory, what with entire divisions being led by Tampa Bay and Florida, contrasted by the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers sinking to the bottom with the weight of their wallets. Even with $127 million, Barry Zito couldn't buy a win until his 10th start, and Carlos Quentin's gone from Arizona discard to the next Hank Aaron.

    Heck, just the other day, the Cincinnati Reds pitched their Nos.1, 2 and 3 starters in a single game and had No. 4 ready to go in relief.

    And there you had it. More incontrovertible evidence that the weirdest place of all this season is, hands down, San Diego. No contest.

    Honestly. What ballpark has had more freakish stuff happen this year than Petco?

    A 2-1 game that takes 22 innings to settle and 12-9 game that takes 18. Baseball's all-time saves leader, gone quickly from indomitable to incapable of saving a game to save his life. A 6-foot-10 pitcher being felled by a line drive to the nose off the bat of a slugger who then puts your catcher on the DL in the same half-inning. A team in constant contention in the first four years at Petco, now with the worst record in the National League.

    Moreover, is there a team in baseball that is more in a state of upheaval, more full of contradictions or unpleasant surprises?

    Ownership

    Like umpires, owners probably are doing their best job when nobody notices them, and John Moores certainly has been The Invisible Man. (Considering some of the roster decisions, Moores' checks often seem to be written in invisible ink.) Whereas major league clubs normally live on the ownership whim of corporate entities or zillionaires looking to sell off to other zillionaires, it's a far different question in San Diego: So, who gets the ballclub in the divorce?

    General manager

    The GM with the Midas Touch when it comes to trades -- the guy who stole Adrian Gonzalez and Chris Young from the Texas Rangers, Kevin Kouzmanoff from the Cleveland Indians, Cla Meredith and Josh Bard from the Boston Red Sox, etc. -- makes a total, complete, absolute clunker of a deal with St. Louis. Not only did Jim Edmonds cost the Padres games with his misplays, but he also cost them $6 million for the sheer pleasure of his company. Praised in the past for his assemblage of reserves and relief pitchers, too, Kevin Towers isn't getting anything out of either in 2008. Callix Crabbe?

    Bench and bullpen

    The bread and butter of the Padres is more like living on bread and water. For three straight years, San Diego had the best or second-best bullpen in the NL, but now the only club with a less effective relief corps is San Francisco. The Padres 'pen has lost 13 games … more than any team in the majors … with 11 blown saves in 20 opportunities. In less than 40 innings, Hoffman and Meredith have given up six homers, 42 hits and 11 walks. Conversely, San Diego has had a grand total of two runs driven in by pinch hitters, a dozen fewer than Arizona.

    Development

    While the youthful Dodgers bring up the likes of Clayton Kershaw and the homegrown, red-hot Diamondbacks get folks further excited with the promotion of flamethrower Max Scherzer, the Padres have no such options. The one celebrated minor-leaguer the Padres do have, Chase Headley, they steadfastly refuse to recall yet. The too-long wait for some positive proof of an improved minor-league system grows longer.

    Offense

    Odd as it seems to build a franchise that plays 81 games at Petco Park around slugging percentage, and peculiar as it is to be an OPS-minded organization with the league's lowest on-base percentage, you don't expect the Padres to ever rank high in hitting. But there's enough grass out there that contact should count for something. Instead, the Padres lead the majors in strikeouts, 58 of them coming in the four-game series with Cincy. Shortstop Khalil Greene averages a strikeout a game. On the upside, Brian Giles has been solid and allayed concerns over his knee surgery and Adrian Gonzalez is coming into his own as a fearsome force.

    Baserunning

    If you don't have speed -- and don't get the Padres started on that subject -- baseball requires that you be smarter on the basepaths. Sore subject there, too. From his years with the Angels, manager Bud Black brought south the mentality that you win games with sharp, savvy baserunning, dashes from first to third or second to home, forcing mistakes by opposing outfields. Discombobulating, on the other hand, are the frequent sights of Padres runners playing Šhot box‰ between bases or getting doubled up for no apparent reason.

    Defense

    Actually, despite limited range, the Padres lead the majors in fielding percentage and the NL in fewest errors. The best thing to come out of the offseason was the second-base play of Tadahito Iguchi, still errorless after 245 chances, and baby-faced catcher Luke Carlin showed up with a gun unlike anything seen in San Diego in years. Then again, the Reds hit two bunt singles Sunday without even drawing a throw, and even the Petco outfield isn't so big that Padres fielders can stay out of each other's way.

    Injuries

    The Padres began the season with perhaps the healthiest club -- and definitely the healthiest pitching rotation -- in the division. Three starts into the year, catcher Michael Barrett was headed to the DL, barely able to throw the ball back to the mound. San Diego lost a whole battery in a matter of minutes to Albert Pujols, who had no malice in either shattering Chris Young's face with his single or nearly busting Josh Bard's ankle with a slide. Jake Peavy's an immense loss, but not an unusual injury, given the torque he puts into his delivery. The Padres did take a flyer on Prior, Mark, with predictable results.

    For all of the difficulties above, however, none of the aforementioned personnel has the toughest explanation to make at Petco. That belongs to the concessionaire who hands over a beer and says, "That'll be nine bucks."

    Nonsense.
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    where are all the dedicated Padres fans??? hiding in your holes?
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    The myopic ones? Or the realistic ones?


    :lol:


    Call me dedicated, but certainly not happy with my team right now.


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    Padres leave home stand with hot bats


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    http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080529&content_id=2793987&vkey=news_sd&fext=.jsp&c_id=sd


    SAN DIEGO -- The red-hot Padres?

    Maybe not, but San Diego opens a three-game series against the Giants on Friday at AT&T Park coming off a series victory over the Nationals.

    The Padres completed their nine-game homestand with 15 home runs, the most since they hit 14 in a 10-game homestand June 23-July 2 of 2006.

    The home run that put them over the top Thursday was a big one, a three-run, pinch-hit dinger by Jody Gerut in a 5-2 victory over the Nationals.

    Is there reason to think the offense might be heating up?

    Brian Giles has reached base in each of his last 16 games. Tadahito Iguchi has a seven-game hit streak. Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff are hitting over .275 and Gonzalez has 15 home runs.

    Pitching matchup
    SD: RHP Greg Maddux (3-4, 3.76 ERA)
    Maddux left in the sixth inning with a lead on Sunday but wound up with a no-decision against the Reds in a game won by the Padres in 18 innings. Maddux allowed four runs on six hits, but only one earned run. He walked three batters for only the second time this season. One of the walks was intentional. He threw 89 pitches, with 54 for strikes, and should have got out of the fifth inning when Scott Hairston dropped a fly ball that would have been the third out. Instead, Maddux gave up a two-run homer to Adam Dunn. Maddux beat the Giants earlier this season and has a lifetime 29-14 record against them, and is 7-1 at AT&T Park.

    SF: RHP Matt Cain (2-3, 4.43 ERA)
    Cain picked up a no-decision in his last start on Sunday against the Marlins. The 23-year-old scattered two runs on five hits while striking out six, as the Giants lost both games of the doubleheader at Dolphin Stadium. Cain was scheduled to pitch Saturday's rainout and threw 20 pitches in the bullpen. Right before the game, manager Bruce Bochy made Cain the Game 2 starter -- instead of Game 1, as he originally planned -- to give his righty extra rest. Cain said he wasn't at all set back by the mixed-up schedule leading up to his start. He is now 1-1 with a 4.46 ERA in May.

    Tidbits
    With Padres fans anxiously awaiting the big league arrival of outfielder Chase Headley from Triple-A Portland, another outfielder in the Padres farm system is making noise with his bat. Chad Huffman had three hits, including a double and a home run, on Wednesday for Double-A San Antonio. Huffman is hitting .323 with six home runs and 30 RBIs for the Missions. ... With seven strikeouts Thursday, Padres pitcher Wil Ledezma matched his career high. He previously struck out seven on May 18, 2005, vs. Tampa Bay while with Detroit. ... Pitcher Justin Germano, designated for assignment last week by the Padres, was added to the Portland Beavers roster.
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    I've been attending games.

    Two to three a week.

    And cheering them on.

    As only true fans do.
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    Padres are 8 1/2 back. They need to pull of some trade to get them a bat. lets see how important it is for KT and JM to win this year.
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    Josh Takes Padres all the Way to the Banks

    Banks twirls impressive six-hitter
    05/31/2008 6:42 PM ET
    By Corey Brock / MLB.com

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Josh Banks gave the San Diego Padres what they needed Saturday -- innings.


    And quality ones at that.

    On a day in which the Padres lost a third member of their starting rotation to the disabled list, Banks tossed a complete game to lead San Diego to a 5-1 victory over the Giants before a crowd of 34,921 at AT&T Park.

    Banks (2-0), who was claimed off waivers from Toronto last month, allowed six hits in the game and didn't walk a batter. He had five strikeouts.

    Banks has allowed just one run in 17 innings with the Padres over three appearances.

    The Padres (23-34) scored four runs in the first inning off Giants starter Pat Misch (0-2) as Adrian Gonzalez had a two-run single. Gonzalez would later add an RBI single in the seventh inning.
    The Giants (23-33) didn't get their third hit off Banks until the sixth inning.
    The three-game series concludes on Sunday.
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    Ignore that POS, Darlin.
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    Josh Takes Padres all the Way to the Banks

    Great game, and WTG Josh Banks!!

    Pads've won 5 of the last 6; mebbe they're startinta put things together a little.
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    Hey BFISA! There you are you dedicated Pads fan!!! 5 of 6 isnt too much to be happy about...I mean , your talking NATIONALS and the GIANTS??? Lets see what they do when the AL comes rollin in. KT needs to pull the trigger on a trade if they want to finish around 500. But keep your pimp hat up. Eventually they will win 50 games this year.
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    Josh Takes Padres all the Way to the Banks

    Why would you want to give up talent just to go .500?

    They need to go with what they've got and hold on to their talent.

    If things keep going as they've been going (before the 5 of 6) then, yeah, trade the vets for more talent, but I can't get behind the notion of trading for people to get to .500 as your post suggest.
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    If he wants to save his *** in San Diego, finishing 500 is gold for KT. Anyways, up next CUBS, METS, DODGERS. Goodluck padres.
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    If he wants what's best for the team he's not going to give up their future just so they can have a better not-in-the-playoffs record.

    If I'm KT's boss I'm firing his *** if he gives up future talent to make a push for .500 but I'm giving him a mulligan due to his past record if he holds on to what he's got and possibly adds even more talent with the vets (ie. not the minor league talent) and finishes .300-.400 this year.
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    Newsflash: Hoffman at all time low:tdown:

    Something needs to be done...cough cough.
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    that was just bad luck, I'm not that upset, sometimes it just happens
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    Its been happening too often. coughman needs to either A. retire, or B. be a set up man. The giants guys....the friggin giants!!! Not like it was the red sox, yankthese or any other talented team...it was the GIANTS!!!! AGONE must be gettin frustrated. Hes having a career year. As far as pulling of a trade goes, they arent out of contention, atleast closer than I thought they would be, why not try to get another bat in that lineup? im not saying trade your already thin farm system away, they already do that. but if KT hasnt given up hope for a preseason goal of the division title, make a move!
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    Padres drop tough finale to Giants

    Hoffman can't nail down save after Gonzalez's homer in 10th

    When I first read that I thought it said final pitch as a Padre

    :lol::lol::lol:

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Before Trevor Hoffman made what would be his final pitch of the game Sunday, San Diego shortstop Edgar Gonzalez had several options as to what to do if the ball were hit to him.

    Gonzalez, who was making his first start at shortstop for the Padres, could have tried to cut down the potential winning run at the plate. He also could have attempted to turn a double play which would have ended the inning.

    But when the ball did find Gonzalez's glove, he quickly discovered those possibilities had evaporated, leaving him with a helpless feeling as the winning run crossed the plate, allowing the Giants to rally for a 4-3 victory over the Padres in 10 innings.

    "I didn't think I had a play anywhere," Gonzalez said inside a hushed clubhouse, where the Padres had hoped to celebrate a sweep of the Giants instead of trying to sort out the gory details of the 10th inning that saw San Francisco score three runs.

    "I don't think I've ever seen a game end quite like that," Giants outfielder Randy Winn said.

    He's probably not alone.

    Adrian Gonzalez had given the Padres (23-35) a 3-1 lead in the top of the 10th inning with a long two-run home run to center field off Giants reliever Alex Hinshaw. That left those three precious outs to get in the bottom of the inning.

    Enter Trevor Hoffman, who promptly allowed a single to center field by Ray Durham and a roller into right field by rookie Brian Horwitz. The runners then moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Omar Vizquel.

    "They were swinging early in the count," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Trev comes right out of the chute, pitching aggressive and throwing strikes. They were looking to hit."

    That's when things got weird as Hoffman left a full-count pitch too far out over the plate to Fred Lewis, who hit the ball high off the fence in right-center field for a two-run triple that tied the score. Hoffman then walked Randy Winn intentionally to set up a force play.

    And that's almost what happened, as Hoffman (0-4) got the ground ball he wanted, right at Gonzalez, who started in place of Khalil Greene, who got the day off. But when Winn broke with the pitch, it changed everything.

    "Winn was running and it looked as though there was indecision on what to do," Black said of the final play. "Lewis was breaking on the play. ... It didn't look like he would have a play at home. He could try to flip to Tad [second baseman Tadahito Iguchi] and try to have Tad turn the double play with Winn bearing down on him."

    Neither happened, though, as Gonzalez was left holding the ball without a play to make on Jose Castillo's grounder, and Lewis, who broke for the plate on contact, raced home with the winning run.

    "We were playing for the double play," Gonzalez said. "The grass is a little slower. By the time I got it, Freddy Lewis is really fast, he got a good jump. I should have maybe made an adjustment to go home.

    "It's something that I didn't think about. I was still going for the double play. It had to be a split-second decision. It's either I commit to going home or commit to a double play. I committed to a double play."

    Said Giants manager Bruce Bochy: "Randy got a pretty good break. But it puts a lot of pressure on them. ... I still don't know if they had a chance to get Randy at second base. There's a lot going on."

    As for Hoffman, who suffered his third blown save of the season, he was diplomatic as always, saying, "It's a game of cat and mouse. They did a nice job of putting the runner in motion and getting a well-placed ball."

    The Padres looked like they would be in position for not only a sweep of the Giants (24-33) but a season-best four-game winning streak after Adrian Gonzalez jumped all over a curveball thrown by Hinshaw in the top of the inning, his 16th home run of the season.

    San Diego had little luck against Giants starter Tim Lincecum for most of the game even though Lincecum, who entered the game with a 7-1 record and a 2.33 ERA, wasn't as sharp (four walks, two strikeouts) as he's been this season.

    The Padres tied the game in the eighth inning after Lincecum left the game. Giants reliever Tyler Walker walked Kevin Kouzmanoff with the bases loaded to force in a run. The Padres still had the bases loaded with one out in the inning, but Walker coaxed Michael Barrett into a double-play ground ball to end the inning.

    San Diego starter Randy Wolf allowed one run on four hits over six innings. His lone mistake was leaving a pitch out over the plate for Aaron Rowand in the sixth inning that landed in the left-field seats.

    The Padres got strong relief from Bryan Corey (one inning, three strikeouts), Heath Bell and Cla Meredith (each threw scoreless innings) before Hoffman took over in the 10th.
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    Prior to have season-ending surgery

    Hope you're happy with your million.

    Go find Cryin Ryan you POS

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    SAN FRANCISCO -- When orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews told Mark Prior that he had a tear in his right shoulder earlier this month, the right-handed pitcher was offered two paths of treatment -- rest or surgery.

    Thirteen months removed from arthroscopic surgery on the same right shoulder, Prior opted to have the problem taken care of this week, even if it meant having season-ending surgery to repair the tear in the anterior part of the shoulder capsule.

    "After speaking with the doctors, Mark wanted to definitively fix it and begin the rehab process," said Prior's agent, John Boggs. "I think that's the best way to go about it."

    Prior will undergo surgery this week in San Diego by team physicians Heinz Hoenecke and Jan Fronek. There's no timetable as to when Prior, who signed a one-year, $1 million deal in December, will return for one simple reason.

    "Until you get in the area and see what is there, you don't know the extent of the injury," said Boggs, who noted that Prior will have an appointment Monday to determine the day of his surgery.

    San Diego manager Bud Black first confirmed Prior's impending surgery before the start of Sunday's game against the Giants at AT&T Park.

    "I can't imagine how frustrated he is," Black said. "He looked to be on his way back because the way he was throwing. It looked as though everything was on course. And then to have this happen ... I'm sure it's frustrating and disappointing. I'm sad for him."

    Especially after the way Prior had progressed with his throwing program during the fall and winter. The Padres had initially given a soft target of May 1 as a day when he could possibly return to the Major Leagues, though that was made before Spring Training.

    Prior, for the most part, progressed well during Spring Training and then into extended spring training after the Padres broke camp. He threw live batting practice to hitters in Arizona on April 2 but came down with tightness during the session.

    "He was on track to make his progressions and then he ran into some difficulties," Black said. "He was still a ways away from passing the significant tests of game action. But leading up to that, just the way he was throwing, it lended itself to good things could happen."

    San Diego general manager Kevin Towers said Sunday that "we were certainly hopeful he could come back. He was making progress. We felt the upside was worth the risk."

    Prior, who is 42-29 with a 3.51 ERA in 106 career starts, last pitched for the Cubs in 2006, going 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA in nine starts. Prior was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft out of USC and two years later was named to the National League All-Star team, the same season he went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA.

    Prior became a free agent in December, when the Cubs opted not to offer him a contract for 2008. There were anywhere from 11 to 14 teams interested in Prior, including the Houston Astros, who reportedly offered a larger base package. But Prior chose to sign with the Padres and stay in his native city.

    Now he faces another uphill battle to get back to the Major Leagues. And while Boggs said his client is disappointed, he's still committed to completing his comeback.

    "He's a guy who ever since I've known him, since he was at USC, is a battler," Boggs said. "I'm sure he was extremely frustrated. But he's committed to getting back on the mound and being a Major League starter."

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