SAN DIEGO -- The Padres will have their first off-day of the season on Monday before opening a three-game series against the D-backs at Petco Park.
Instead of juggling the rotation in advance of an April 14 game against the Dodgers when the team will use its fifth starter for the first time, manager Bud Black will allow his starters to remain on their regular rest.
That means that Opening Day starting pitcher Edinson Volquez will start Tuesday. He will be followed by Cory Luebke and Dustin Moseley, as the Padres face the defending National League West champions for the first time this season.
"That's a definite," Black said when asked to confirm Volquez's start.
On Opening Day, the Padres placed pitcher Tim Stauffer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow. Had he not gone on the DL, he likely would have started the game on April 14.
Instead, Black will have the option of going with one of two internal candidates, Anthony Bass or Micah Owings, or possibly dip into the Minor Leagues for a starter. Bass appears to be the logical candidate to pitch in that game, as the Padres like Owings' ability to provide multiple innings in relief.