Tucson 6, Nashville 2: Postgame news and notes

2012-05-19T22:33:00Z Tucson 6, Nashville 2: Postgame news and notesDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 19, 2012 10:33 pm  • 

Pitcher Matt Palmer was informed after the game by manager Terry Kennedy that he's been called up to the big leagues by San Diego.

Palmer appeared in three games last year with the Angels and has seen some major league action each of the last four years. He dealt with a blister on his pitching hand earlier in the season, but said he feels fine now and is excited to be going back up.

"When (Kennedy) told me, I just said, 'are you kidding me?'" Palmer said. "He said, 'I don't kid about stuff like that.' I'm excited to be going back up and eager to help."

Palmer has been a starter for Tucson, but will likely come out of the bullpen for San Diego. San Diego manager Bud Black said after the game that Nick Vincent will be coming back to Tucson to fill Palmer's spot.

Tucson still has two empty spots on its roster. Kennedy wasn't sure when they will be filled.

Some other notes from Saturday's win:

--Kennedy was pleased with how his team responded after a tough loss Friday night. He counted six good defensive plays, including impressive infield stops from Matt Clark and Logan Forsythe and two plus-plays from center fielder Daniel Robertson. The Padres now have a chance to earn their first series win of the season tomorrow.

--The manager said starting pitcher Jorge Reyes got better as the game went along because he was keeping the ball down in the zone. Kennedy said Reyes gets too excited before games and as a result, the ball is up in the zone. After giving up two solo home runs in the first two innings, Reyes cruised through the next five and picked up the win. Kennedy said he's not sure how to improve the beginning of the games for Reyes, but didn't think extra pitches in the bullpen before the game would help.

--Jonathan Roof, who is normally an infielder, played left field for Tucson Saturday night and had a nice game. He had two hits and drew a walk. He also started a nice relay play in left field with a strong throw. Roof played 91 games last season between Single-A and High-A. He played in six games this season in High-A before joining Tucson because of roster needs. Kennedy was especially impressed with Roof's second at-bat where he fouled a bunch of pitches off before reaching on an opposite-field single.

--Catcher Yasmani Grandal will get the day off tomorrow with Brad Davis drawing the catching duties. Grandal and Davis have also been getting some work in at first base recently, so Kennedy can eventually give Matt Clark a day off. Anthony Contreras will also get in the lineup tomorrow, likely starting in left field for Roof.

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