Brian Giles saw his first action this spring on Monday. He went 0-for-2 against the Diamondbacks in Tucscon, but who cares? The important thing is, he was in the lineup and able to play right field. Quoth Giles:
This was a pretty good test. I know it was only three innings, but the conditions weren’t that good out there. It’s a little wet in the outfield, and it’s windy and cold.
Meanwhile, Rule V draftee Callix Crabbe is pushing hard to make the Padres’ Opening Day roster. Batting eighth and starting at third base on Monday, Crabbe singled twice and doubled in three trips to the plate. He’s hitting .415 this spring, which doesn’t tell us as much as his career .369 OBP in the minors but which probably helps his chances.
And in the not-so-good-news department, relievers Kevin Cameron and Justin Hampson are dinged up a bit. Cameron broke his left thumb when a drive off the bat of Paul McAnulty hit him during batting practice. Hampson’s shoulder is bothering him. Both pitchers did a nice job for the Padres as rookies in ’07, working mostly in low-leverage situations. It’s not clear when they’ll return.
Finally, Shawn Estes continues to vie for the #5 rotation spot. He’s not pitching well at all, which isn’t really news. With each passing day, 1997 gets further and further away. Same can be said of everything in the past, I suppose.
That’s all for now; more as it happens. Go Padres!