Ryan Schimpf went 1-for-2 with a walk and hit his first home run of the spring on Thursday against the Angels.
It has been a rough camp for Schimpf. He has battled an oblique injury that has limited him to just 16 at-bats so far, and only three of those have resulted in base hits. The 28-year-old finally reached the majors last season for the first time and hit the ground running. He was called up mid-season and promptly whacked 20 home runs in 89 games. On the flip side he registered a lowly .217 batting average. He figures to be the Padres' primary second baseman this season.
Ben Zobrist said his neck was feeling better on Thursday.
Zobrist missed his second game in a row on Thursday but is targeting Saturday for his return. There was never much doubt about his availability for Opening Day. The reigning World Series MVP has hit .200 over 30 Cactus League at-bats this spring.
Luis Perdomo started versus the Angels on Thursday, allowing two runs on five hits over five innings in a 6-2 Padres victory.
The 23-year-old now brandishes a cool 2.87 ERA with nine strikeouts in 15 2/3 spring innings. As a rookie last season he turned in 20 starts and 15 relief appearances. He had a rough 5.71 ERA in 146 2/3 innings but seemed to be learning on the job. He struggled with a 7.48 ERA in the first half of the season and a much better 4.30 ERA after the All Star break. He will likely begin the year in the Padres' starting rotation.
Abraham Almonte went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored during a win over the Rockies on Thursday.
All three hits were singles, including a grounder to right field that drove in a pair of runs. He is now batting .385 with two homers and 10 RBI so far this spring. Almonte missed the first 80 games of last season to a PED suspension before returning to hit .264/.294/.401 with one home run and 22 RBI in 194 plate appearances. He hopes his performance in Cactus League action will earn him a roster slot as a backup outfielder.
Miguel Cabrera (back) admitted he isn't sure if he'll be ready for Opening Day.
"I don't know," said Cabrera on Thursday. "I will play when I am ready to play." Cabrera said he tweaked the right side of his back in his first game at the World Baseball Classic but now his left side hurts from overcompensating. He mostly played through the injury at the WBC but didn't look like himself, batting .190 over 21 at-bats. Cabrera still has a week and a half to get ready, but his health is something fantasy owners need to be aware of heading into drafts.
Bronson Arroyo allowed two runs on four hits over four innings in a loss to the White Sox on Thursday.
One of the hits was a two-run homer by Nick Delmonico. Arroyo walked one and struck out two while making his third start of the spring. He carries a 4.70 ERA with six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of action. Injuries to Homer Bailey and Anthony DeSclafani have granted Arroyo a strong chance of nabbing a rotation slot to begin the season. The 40-year-old missed the last two campaigns due to Tommy John surgery.
James Paxton (illness) has been scratched from Friday's Cactus League start against the Royals.
Paxton is battling a head cold. He'll be replaced by Hisashi Iwakuma, who was originally scheduled to pitch a minor league game on Friday. This shouldn't impact Paxton's availability for the start of the regular season.
Nick Delmonico went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a win over the Reds on Thursday.
He hit a two-run bomb off Bronson Arroyo in the fourth inning before adding an RBI double in the sixth. The 24-year-old is trying to make the squad as a backup infielder after recording a .279 batting average with 17 home runs and 61 RBI split between Double-A and Triple-A last year.