Yesterday, Padres manager Bud Black let us all in on his plans for Sunday’s pitching. As we covered yesterday, Anthony Bass will get the start. It was then announced that he will be throwing two innings if all goes according to plan. Now, the rest of the pitching plans have been laid out.
Matt Palmer, a non-roster invitee, will also get a couple innings. Palmer is at camp on a minor league contract hoping to find a way onto the big league club. Palmer has 183.1 innings of major league action under his belt, but after last season with the Angels, he is simply looking for another chance.
Alex Hinshaw will be the next pitcher. He hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2009, but has been battling in the Pacific Coast League with the Giants affiliate the last two seasons.
Hinshaw will be followed by Luke Gregerson. Gregerson is well-known by most Padres fans. Whether it be his famous mustache or his generally dominating stuff, Gregerson has found a place in most fans’ hearts. He will get his first shot at in-game hitters Sunday.
Fans will next get their first glimpse at new Padre Andrew Cashner after Gregerson tosses his innings. Cashner will not be actin as the set-up man in Sunday’s game, but he will at least be getting some early spring action.
The pitching lineup will be rounded out by Dale Thayer and Erik Hamren. Thayer is 31 years old and still looking to make his mark in baseball. He does have some major league time, 26 innings over three seasons tone exact. Hamren, as most fans know, made his major league debut with the Padres last season. He posted a 4.38 ERA in 12.1 innings pitched.
With the pitching lineup all set for Sunday’s game, the season is now officially underway. Sure, it’s spring training, but it’s baseball season. It’s Padres season.