Young tries to give Padres a boost

Young tries to give Padres a boost

PHOENIX -- The Padres are thin on pitching, still reeling from a 22-inning loss on Thursday -- well, very early Friday morning -- to the Rockies.

The Padres will not only need a quality start out of Chris Young on Saturday against the Diamondbacks, but, at the very least, they'll need some innings.

Young was originally supposed to start Friday's game against Arizona, though the team moved him back a day and Greg Maddux up a day.

According to Padres manager Bud Black, Young came out of his last start a week ago in Los Angeles with some tightness in his right elbow.

"We thought the extra days' rest would benefit him," Black said.

Black said that Young -- who allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in three innings -- looked at some video right after his last start and picked something up. He and pitching coach Darren Balsley talked about it after the game.

Young threw a side session on Wednesday and had a full bullpen session on Thursday.

With Young, it was "his separation and how high that arm goes up," said Black. "The glove sometimes goes a little too high sometimes, and that's what he was working on."

Young allowed a home run to Dodgers leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal on the second pitch that he threw at Dodger Stadium.

Young struggled with his fastball command, walking four in three innings.

Pitching matchup
SD: RHP Chris Young (1-1, 5.17 ERA)
In his other two starts, Young allowed a combined three earned runs in 12 2/3 innings. Last year against the D-backs, Young was 0-3 with a 7.32 ERA.

ARI: RHP Edgar Gonzalez (0-1, 4.50 ERA)
Gonzalez pitched well in his first start, but scuffled the next time out against the Rockies. Gonzalez lasted just three innings, as it turned out he was trying to pitch with an infected tooth that caused him to be lightheaded and dizzy at times. The right-hander had dental surgery the following day, and the club does not expect it to affect him going forward. His first start of the year occurred in Denver against the Rockies, and he allowed just one run over five innings. He did not get a decision in the game, which Arizona won in 10 innings. Gonzalez doesn't throw hard, but has a good feel for pitching and changes speeds effectively. He is incorporating a cut-fastball more this year, and his curveball has improved.

Tidbits
With first baseman Adrian Gonzalez being given a day off Thursday and second baseman Tadahito Iguchi getting a day off Friday, only shortstop Khalil Greene and third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff have started every game this season. Either one of those two could get a day off in the very near future, with Callix Crabbe being the best option to start at both of those positions. ... Chances are good that the Padres will recall a reliever Saturday to give them some bullpen help as they head into the final two games of the Arizona series, especially with the Padres' two long relievers, Glendon Rusch (53 pitches Thursday) and Wil Ledezma (80 pitches) not available for a few days. ... The Padres have gone 103 consecutive innings without a home run since Gonzalez hit one on April 7 in San Francisco. ... San Diego pitchers combined for 20 strikeouts on Thursday in the 22-inning loss to the Rockies.

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Up next
• Sunday: Padres (Randy Wolf, 1-0, 1.42) at Diamondbacks (Randy Johnson, 0-0, 0.00), 1:10 p.m. PT
• Monday: Padres (Justin Germano, 0-1, 1.35) at Astros (Roy Oswalt, 1-3, 6.65), 5:05 p.m. PT
• Tuesday: Padres (Jake Peavy, 3-0, 1.20) at Astros (Brandon Backe, 1-2, 4.26), 5:05 p.m. PT

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.