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More Padre Notes:Headley continues outfield work

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by wrbanwal, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005

    PEORIA, Ariz. - A month ago at PETCO Park, Chase Headley had to deal with blinding sunlight as he tracked down fly balls on a cloudless morning.

    On Friday in Peoria, Headley was forced to dodge raindrops during the Padres' workout.

    No one ever said that making the transition from third base to the outfield would be easy.

    "We're asking a lot of this kid, but we think he has the aptitude and the mental strength to handle it," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Some guys you're a little leery of, but not this kid."

    The Padres are anxious to see if Headley can make a smooth transition to the outfield so they can determine if he'll stick on the 25-man roster for Opening Day or if he needs a little more seasoning, say, at Triple-A Portland.

    An outside shot: The names of the pitchers in the mix for the fifth starter spot in the rotation -- well, until Mark Prior returns -- are well known by now: Shawn Estes, Wil Ledezma and Glendon Rusch.

    Friars notes: Pitcher Carlos Guevara, who suffered a strained hamstring Sunday, played catch Thursday, though he is still probably a week away from resuming climbing back up on a mound. ... Still no word on when pitcher Enrique Gonzalez will arrive in Arizona. Visa issues haven't allowed him to leave Venezuela. ... Pitcher Mauro Zarate, who had complained of a tender shoulder, played catch on Thursday and, according to Black, said "his shoulder felt great." ... Matt Antonelli will remain at second base this season and likely won't get any work in the outfield as he did a month ago at PETCO Park, when the Padres wanted to see how he looked in center field. This doesn't mean the Padres have ruled out the prospect of moving Antonelli in the future, though. "If we wanted to go that route, it could happen," Black said. "Everyday center fielders don't come around every year." ... It looks as if Prior will make at least five starts when he begins his Minor League rehabilitation assignment sometime in April. Prior will likely throw two innings in his first start, then three in his second start and progress from there, according to Black. ... It's official: There will be one intrasquad game and it will be played on Feb. 27, the day before San Diego faces Seattle in the annual charity game. ... Clubhouse observation: Jody Gerut, a non-roster invitee, likes to read the Economist, a UK-based publication that focuses on business news and international politics.

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