The big story in tonight's 5-4 loss to Sacramento was the injury to catcher/designated hitter Yasmani Grandal.
Grandal, the team's No. 3 hitter and the organization's fourth best prospect according to mlb.com, left the game after scoring in the third inning. Manager Terry Kennedy said postgame that it's either a hamstring injury or cramps for Grandal.
He said he wouldn't know more until Tuesday. Grandal will arrive early and get checked out by the training staff and the team will go from there.
There is currently only one other catcher, Brad Davis, on the roster. Kennedy said a move could be made to add another catcher even if it just cramps for Grandal. He stressed he's taking it one step at a time, though.
Other notes from tonight's loss:
--Kennedy was annoyed with a baserunning error by third baseman James Darnell in the third inning. The Padres had runners on first and second with no outs and Sawyer Carroll at the plate. Carroll lined a ball to center field that was caught by a diving Grant Green. Darnell thought the ball was going to drop and started running for third with his head down. When he eventually saw it was caught, he took off back to second, but was doubled up.
"It was a very bad baserunning play," Kennedy said. "There's no reason for that. No reason. He's been been playing for a long time and that was a very bad play. It hurt us."
--That wasn't the only play that irked the manager. With one out in the top of the seventh and runners on first and second, Tucson pitcher Colt Hynes got Wes Timmons to hit a grounder to shortstop. Beamer Weems fielded it cleanly and flipped to second baseman Amadeo Zazueta. Zazueta got the out at second, but his throw to first was off and Timmons was able to beat it.
The next hitter, Chris Carter, then hammered a two-run double to make it 5-2.
"That's the play that has to be made," Kennedy said. "We need to turn two right there and get out of the inning."
--One bright spot was catcher Brad Davis. Davis homered in the seventh inning and then had an RBI triple in the ninth. He also caught for the second straight game and will likely get more action with Grandal banged up.
"We're not even in this game without Davis," Kennedy said. "He swung it well."
--Starting pitcher Matt Palmer was on a 80-pitch count and threw exactly that amount in the loss. Palmer went five innings, giving up five hits, three earned runs, one walk and struck out five. He battled an injury in spring training and Kennedy said they've been building his pitch count back up. He'll likely go to 90 next time out in Salt Lake City. Overall, Kennedy said he was pleased with Palmer's outing.
--Tuesday's starter Joe Wieland should throw about 90 pitches/six innings in his second start of the season.