Padres to go with six-man rotation

Padres to go with six-man rotation

LOS ANGELES -- Injuries, promotions and off-days recently have dashed any semblance of stability to the Padres' starting rotation, though manager Bud Black and the organization have come up with a fix.

Let everyone pitch.

No, Black and the Padres won't go the Little League route where everyone plays, but the Padres, for the time being, will utilize a six-man rotation in order to get a look at several rookies as well as give their veterans additional rest.

Black announced Monday that the Padres will use Chris Young, Jake Peavy, Cha Seung Baek, Shawn Estes and rookies Wade LeBlanc and Josh Geer as they move forward. Black wouldn't commit to the six-man rotation permanently, but for now, it works for him.

"Maybe the next turn or two," Black said. "This gives us an opportunity to get a look at some of the guys up from [Triple-A] Portland. It doesn't push two guys [Young, Peavy] we know are going to be in our rotation, not push them every fifth day."

Young started Monday against the Dodgers, with Baek and LeBlanc, who was recalled earlier in the day from Portland, following. Estes will start the first game on Thursday against the Brewers, followed by Geer and Peavy.

Black admitted that if the Padres were in the push for a spot in the postseason that you might not see a six-man rotation. But given the Padres began the day 30 games under .500, it was the right move as the team looks ahead to 2009.

"If our team situation was different ... we wouldn't be doing this," Black said.

LeBlanc and Geer were recently members of the starting rotation in Portland. Geer was recalled last week and won his Major League debut on Aug. 30 against the Rockies.

Estes, who has been on the disabled list since May 29 with a fractured left thumb, is 35 and will be a free agent after the season.

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