SAN DIEGO -- Instead of pitching a simulated game at PETCO Park this week, Padres pitcher Chris Young will make a third Minor League rehabilitation start.
Young, on the disabled list since April 12 with a strained right shoulder, will pitch for Class A Lake Elsinore Saturday in Game 1 of the California League Southern Division finals against a team to be determined.
San Diego manager Bud Black said Tuesday that Young will throw in upward of 75 or so pitches in that game. On Monday, Black said he was leaning toward having Young pitch in a simulated game, though his preference was a real game.
"It's a nice situation for him to keep progressing," Black said.
Young tossed 63 pitches in 3 1/3 innings for Triple-A Portland on Sunday, allowing no hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
"It's just concentrating on making pitches and getting hitters out vs. how my shoulder feels," Young said Monday. "It's just the competitive element that you can't simulate.
"It's still an evolution for me -- trying to bring some stuff along, work on command, work on some of my off-speed pitches. It's still a work in progress. I can't expect to be 100 percent in midseason form right now, but I feel like I'm getting there."