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Matt Kemp was hitless in three at-bats in Wednesday's 4-3 Cactus League loss to the Mariners.

Kemp struck out once and also grounded into a double-play. The 30-year-old outfielder was quite productive in a bounce-back season for the Dodgers last year, finishing with a .287 average, 25 home runs, and 89 RBI. The Padres are hoping he comes close to replicating those numbers in a more pitcher-friendly home ballpark.
Mar 4 - 6:42 PM

Justin Upton went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to begin Cactus League action on Wednesday.

That's one way to kick things off with a new team. Upton homered in the seventh inning against Forrest Snow, which is a little less impressive. With Upton as well as Matt Kemp and Wil Myers, the Padres revamped their entire outfield and Upton is expected to put up big numbers once again. He bashed 29 home runs with 102 RBI last season with the Braves.
Mar 4 - 6:32 PM

Casey Kelly (groin) hopes to throw a side session on Friday.

Kelly suffered a minor groin strain early last week, but Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday that he is increasing his intensity of baseball activities. If healthy, the 25-year-old projects to begin the season in the rotation with Triple-A Tucson.
Mar 3 - 1:25 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow) is scheduled to throw to a catcher on flat ground next week.

Johnson will long toss at 240 feet this week. The right-hander is on his way back from his second Tommy John procedure, done this past April. He's on track to return at some point in May, barring any setbacks. Johnson has struggled to stay healthy over his career, but will still be worth a flier in fantasy leagues when he's ready to come off the disabled list.
Mar 3 - 10:05 AM

Padres manager Bud Black said Sunday that the club is not ruling out Brandon Maurer being a starter over the long-term.

"He's got the ability to start," Black said. "We're not ruling that out long-term." Maurer has a career 6.62 ERA as a starter and 3.75 ERA as a reliever, though it should be noted that he's just 24. While it's possible he could be a starter again at some point, he has the potential to be a dominant reliever.
Mar 1 - 12:27 PM

Padres manager Bud Black on Friday listed Wil Myers as an option to hit leadoff.

"(Yangervis) Solarte, (Wil) Venable, (Cameron) Maybin and Myers – let’s start there," Black said. Myers is the only one of the names Black listed who's guaranteed a spot in the lineup, so it's a reasonable guess that he's the top candidate to bat leadoff. While not a prototypical leadoff hitter, Myers did sport a nice .354 on-base percentage during his American League Rookie of the Year-winning 2013 campaign. Solarte could hit leadoff should he win the third base job, but Will Middlebrooks is the favorite to start there.
Mar 1 - 10:28 AM

Casey Kelly (groin) has been given clearance for field work and some baseball activities.

He isn't, however, ready to resume throwing bullpen sessions. The Padres are opting to play things cautiously as Kelly recovers from a minor groin strain and won't rush him back into action. He's expected to begin the season in the rotation at Triple-A Tucson.
Feb 28 - 1:03 PM

Padres manager Bud Black announced Saturday that Jason Lane will start the team's Cactus League opener against the Mariners on Wednesday.

Lane, who is in camp as a non-roster invitee, faces an uphill battle for a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen. He surrendered just one run over 10 1/3 innings for the Padres in 2014.
Feb 28 - 12:01 PM

Padres signed OF Tyson Gillies to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old spent the past five seasons in the Phillies organization, slashing .214/.270/.289 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI in 43 games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2014. He'll add organizational depth for the Padres.
Feb 27 - 7:19 PM

Padres signed INF/OF Mike McCoy to a minor league contract.

McCoy spent all of last season at Triple-A with the Red Sox, batting an ugly .181/.295/.247. He's hit just .190/.273/.256 across parts of four seasons in the majors and is merely an organizational depth guy.
Feb 27 - 9:03 AM

Padres manager Bud Black said Thursday that Brandon Morrow and Odrisamer Despaigne are "maybe out there a touch" in the competition for the No. 5 starter spot.

It's not a surprise, as Morrow signed a deal over the winter that could be worth up to $7.5 million and Despaigne put up a 3.36 ERA last season in 16 starts. Robbie Erlin and top prospect Matt Wisler are the other main candidates, though Wisler almost surely will head back to the minors unless he really wows in camp. Josh Johnson (elbow) hopes to be ready for the rotation at some point in May.
Feb 26 - 6:45 PM

Josh Johnson (elbow) could throw his first bullpen session as early as next week.

Johnson underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April -- the second such procedure of his career -- and probably won't be an option for the Padres' rotation until mid-to-late May. He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with San Diego in late December. The deal also carries $6.25 million in performance-based bonuses.
Feb 26 - 10:54 AM

Padres general manager A.J. Preller confirmed Tuesday that Carlos Quentin could see playing time at first base.

It makes sense given the Padres' logjam in the outfield and Quentin's injury history. Yonder Alonso is still at the top of the depth chart at first base, but the situation is worth watching.
Feb 24 - 1:39 PM

Casey Kelly (groin) said he was feeling better Monday.

Kelly was held out of workouts for the second straight day Monday due to a minor groin strain. There's no clear timetable for his return, but Padres manager Bud Black said that it will be a "slow process." The good news is that Kelly's arm feels OK after missing most of the past two seasons with elbow issues. The Padres are hopeful that Kelly will be a part of their rotation in Triple-A.
Feb 23 - 4:10 PM

Casey Kelly will be out of action for a few days due to a minor groin strain.

The groin ailment isn't a big deal, but Kelly needs to get in all the throwing he can after missing most of the last two seasons with elbow issues. He's expected to be healthy come Opening Day.
Feb 22 - 12:04 PM


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