San Diego Padres Prepare For 2014 Training Camp
San Diego Padres
Manager: Bud Black (eighth season).
2013: 76-86, tied for third place.
Training Town: Peoria, Ariz.
Park: Peoria Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 14/19.
He's Here: RHP Josh Johnson, RHP Joaquin Benoit, LHP Alex Torres, OF Seth Smith, SS Ryan Jackson, LHP Patrick Schuster.
He's Outta Here: RHP Luke Gregerson, INF Logan Forsythe, INF-OF Jesus Guzman, OF Mark Kotsay.
With the San Diego Padres' lineup and rotation pretty much set, the main competition during spring training will be for a few spots in the bullpen.
The Padres hope their rotation can carry them to better results than the last three seasons, when they lost 91, 86 and 86 games. The rotation is expected to be Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross, Johnson and Eric Stults. The Padres are also keeping their fingers crossed that they can come out of spring training healthy and get off to a fast start rather than the slow starts that doomed them the last few years.
LF Carlos Quentin had surgery on his right knee late last season, the third operation on that knee in 18 months, and said his legs feel good going into camp, an improvement over how he felt a year ago. C Yasmani Grandal continues to rehab from reconstructive knee surgery after being hurt in a collision at the plate in July.
San Diego already had a setback when it was announced that LHP Cory Luebke needs a second reconstructive elbow surgery and will miss the 2014 season. He missed all of last season while rehabbing after having his first surgery in May 2012.