Black has dubbed the group of injured players who get treatment and work out each morning at Petco Park as "The Breakfast Club." Unfortunately, Black said, the group is bigger than he wishes it were.
Pitchers Tim Stauffer, Dustin Moseley, Eric Stults and Cory Luebke, outfielder Kyle Blanks and infielder James Darnell -- all on the disabled list -- have taken to getting a full day of work starting early in the morning.
"It's been out of necessity," Black said, noting that because there's so many players on the disabled list, they need to come in early so as to not interfere with the daily work that takes place with the players who are actually healthy.
Black said that while there can be a feeling of detachment for players on the disabled list, the volume of injured players has made it necessary for "The Breakfast Club" to exist.
"As much as those guys want to be here [before and during games], that's a lot of volume," Black said.
Physical therapist Rick Stauffer runs the program, which includes overseeing workouts to stretching and everything else in between. Players usually arrive around 9 a.m. PT when the team is in San Diego. Stauffer then sticks around for his regular work in the afternoon and during games.
"Rick puts in a full day," Black said.