Baek returns to mound after long layoff

Baek returns after long layoff

ST. LOUIS -- It's been a while since Cha Seung Baek last got a start for the Padres -- 11 days, in fact, as the All-Star break got in the way of the right-hander's regular turn in the starting rotation.

Baek did appear in relief against the Marlins on July 13, allowing three runs on four hits over 1 1/3 innings.

Baek has looked good at times since joining the Padres in a trade from Seattle earlier this season, but he's been inconsistent.

The good? Baek tossed six scoreless innings in a victory over Arizona on July 4, and had seven strikeouts. He also allowed one run in six innings in a no-decision against the Mets on June 7.

The bad? Baek allowed six runs in 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Tigers on June 21. His next start out, he allowed four runs in five innings in a loss to the Mariners.

More good? Baek has only walked nine batters in 42 innings with the Padres and has allowed just three home runs in that span.

Pitching matchup
SD: RHP Cha Seung Baek (2-5, 5.25 ERA)
Baek might not be long for the starting rotation, though, if the Padres decide to hang on to veterans Greg Maddux and Randy Wolf through the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline.

STL: LHP Jaime Garcia (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Garcia will be making his first career start. In his first Major League appearance, he tossed two scoreless frames in relief to close out a 6-0 Cardinals victory over Pittsburgh on July 11.

Entering Saturday's game, the Padres led the Major Leagues with 883 2/3 innings pitched this year, three more than the next team -- the St. Louis Cardinals. ... The Padres lead the National League with a .987 fielding percentage, which ranks second in the Major Leagues. ... Edgar Gonzalez has now hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games. ... The Padres' game on Sunday against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium will be their final meeting of the season against St. Louis. ... Pitcher Chris Young will start Monday for Class A Lake Elsinore in his second rehabilitation stint since being hit in the face by a line drive against the Cardinals in May. He will likely also start for the Storm on July 26 before the Padres decide to add him to their 25-man roster.

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Up next
• Monday: Padres (Josh Banks, 2-4, 3.20) at Reds (Homer Bailey, 0-3, 7.00), 4:10 p.m. PT
• Tuesday: Padres (Jake Peavy, 7-6, 2.66) at Reds (Johnny Cueto, 7-9, 4.92), 4:10 p.m. PT
• Wednesday: Padres (Greg Maddux, 3-8, 4.21) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo, 8-7, 5.71), 9:35 a.m. PT

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