All eyes will be on Pads' struggling Wolf

All eyes will be on struggling Wolf

DENVER -- The Padres are no doubt anxious to see how left-handed pitcher Randy Wolf bounces back from his shortest start of the season when he takes the mound on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies.

The Padres won't be the only ones, as Wolf continues to draw some interest from other Major League teams who might be looking to add a pitcher before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.

A handful of advance scouts have been at Coors Field during the series to watch not only Padres pitcher Greg Maddux and Wolf, but Rockies closer Brian Fuentes.

As for Wolf, he has lost his last three starts -- all in Interleague Play -- to the Mariners, Tigers and Yankees.

He lasted just 3 1/3 innings in his last start against the Mariners on Friday.

Pitching matchup
SD: LHP Randy Wolf (5-7, 4.13 ERA)
Wolf ran into command issues almost from the start of his last outing on Friday against the Mariners. Wolf allowed six of the first 11 batters to reach base, as he compiled five walks in 3 1/3 innings. Wolf needed 50 pitches to get through the first two innings alone. He has now walked nine batters in his last two starts and hasn't won since June 11. His ERA has climbed from 3.83 on June 11 to 4.13. He'll face the Rockies for the first time since April 15, when he allowed one hit over seven innings with nine strikeouts to earn his first victory with the Padres.

COL: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8, 4.71 ERA)
Jimenez will have that rare feeling of being happy to get back to Coors Field, where he held the Mets to two hits in eight innings in his last start there on June 21. Between then and now, Jimenez had an awful outing in Detroit, giving up four runs and throwing 104 pitches in just four innings. Jimenez had none of his secondary pitches until his final inning in the game.

Kevin Kouzmanoff saw his career-best 10-game hitting streak come to an end Tuesday, as Rockies starter Aaron Cook limited the Padres to five hits over nine scoreless innings. ... San Diego general manager Kevin Towers spent the past few days watching the Padres' best Double-A prospects play in San Antonio. He leaves Wednesday morning to do the same in Portland, watching the top Triple-A players. ... Tony Clark's pinch-hit RBI single on Monday was his 800th RBI of his career. ... Padres reliever Clay Hensley showed a nice slider and a good command of his fastball in his two innings of scoreless work on Tuesday. Hensley was recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Portland.

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Up next
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Padres (Cha Seung Baek, 1-4, 5.43) at Diamondbacks (Dan Haren, 8-4, 2.85), 6:40 p.m. PT
• Saturday: Padres (Jake Peavy, 5-5, 2.90) at Diamondbacks (Doug Davis, 3-3, 3.79), 5:10 p.m. PT

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