Here's a rare midday blog from the Padres beat:
Despite Wednesday's 7-4 loss to Las Vegas, Tucson manager Terry Kennedy had some positive things to say about Padres starting pitcher Jorge Reyes.
Reyes took the loss, giving up five runs on nine hits in six innings. He walked just one and struck out five. He's now 3-6 with a 5.01 ERA. But, Kennedy sees the 24-year-old working hard to improve and saw some things to build on in Wednesday's start.
"He gave up three 0-2 hits in the 2nd inning and those are lessons learned," Kennedy said. "He's learning; he's just learning the hard way. He through inside better and located better. He also had better speed differentials between his pitches, which is good.
"It's about his development right now. Slowly and surely, he's getting there."
Reyes is the only pitcher on Tucson's roster who has been in the starting rotation all season. He had a strong stretch earlier in the month when he went 2-0 in three starts, giving up four earned runs in 21 innings. That's worn off and now in his last two starts, he's given up nine runs in 12 innings.
Some other news and notes:
--Outfielder Sawyer Carroll remains on the disabled list with a back injury and is going to be checked out by doctors in San Diego. Kennedy wasn't sure about a timetable for his return yet.
--First baseman Matt Clark has four-straight multiple-hit games and has his season average up to .283. He has four home runs in his last 10 games after having six in the first 42 games. Clark also passed the 500-career hit mark this week. According to his MILB.com page, Clark now has 504 career hits. He's in his fifth season in the Padres organization.
"He's showing more patience at the plate," Kennedy said. "He's laying off some pitches that you can't really do anything with. It's good to see him playing well right now."
Clark is hitting .355 in May after a .169 mark in April. He also has an OPS of 1.070 in May.
--Outfielder Jorge Padilla was in uniform for Tucson last night for the first time. He was signed to a minor league deal by the Padres and assigned to Tucson. Padilla has one major league stint under his belt--a short appearance with the Washington Nationals in 2009.
--Pitcher Tom Layne was demoted to Double-A San Antonio to make room on the roster for Padilla.
--Kennedy expected to use Logan Forsythe as his designated hitter tonight against Las Vegas and hit him second in the lineup. It should be Forsythe's final game in Triple-A. He's on a major league rehab assignment after being placed on the 60-day disabled list earlier in the season and is expected to report to San Diego tomorrow. Those plans are always subject to change.
--Kennedy, who spent 15 seasons in the big leagues as a catcher, has enjoyed watching Las Vegas backstop Travis d'Arnaud the past two games. d'Arnaud is considered one of the top catching prospects in the minor leagues and has shown why so far this series. He's 6 for 10 with three RBIs and three runs scored. He also made a dazzling defensive play behind the plate on a bunt in Wednesday's game.
"Other than Mike Trout, he's the best young player I've seen in four or five years," Kennedy said. "It doesn't get much better than that."