SAN DIEGO -- While rookie reliever Tommy Layne has only been in San Diego for a few days, so far he likes what he sees -- both of the team and of the city itself. The rookie left-hander joined the Padres on Tuesday while the club was in Atlanta, having his contract selected from Double-A San Antonio, but his experience with San Diego has been limited to the current homestand that started on Friday. "It's cool," Layne said. "I like San Diego. I really do. I'm telling people if they haven't been here, they need to come. I've only seen a small chunk of it, but it's beautiful."
Layne's performance has been similarly positive for the Padres, as the only lefty in the bullpen has struck out seven of the 12 batters he has faced, including all three in his Major League debut against the Braves. Part of that success may be due to Layne's familiarity with many of his current teammates, whom he played with in the Minors as well. "I played with them all at Triple-A and Double-A -- it's nice to have familiar faces," Layne said. "Sort of helps to bridge that gap a little bit. But even if there wasn't, still doesn't matter you have to go out and make pitches -- you're in the big leagues!" The 27-year-old Layne's enthusiasm about reaching the big leagues after six seasons in the Minors is clear. "This is pretty cool up here -- it's a lot better than I thought it was gonna be," Layne said. "I saw a little bit of the Diamondbacks clubhouse when I was with them, but San Diego is a beautiful city -- I've had a lot of fun there."