PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres staged a "B" game at Peoria Stadium on Saturday morning in order to get some players some extra work. Seattle, the team that shares the complex with San Diego, took a 6-3 win in that game and chased starter Robbie Erlin before he even recorded an out.
Erlin was charged with six hits and four earned runs, and the Padres used five relievers in the loss. Carlos Quentin served as the designated hitter for San Diego and went 1-for-3. But the game got in, allowing the Padres to make up for a rain-shortened game on Friday afternoon.
"We lost six innings yesterday, and we've got 30-something pitchers. They've got to throw," said San Diego manager Bud Black on the reason for staging a "B" game. "With the starters getting multiple innings, it takes some innings away. Guys need to pitch and get ready for the season."
Black said Saturday that San Diego's Minor League camp is up and running and that players will begin to be gradually farmed out over the next few weeks. The purpose for those moves is two-fold: To give prospects a steadier dose of playing time and to whittle the roster down to essentials.
San Diego began Spring Training with a franchise-record 67 players, a camp that included a full 40-man roster -- plus two players on the restricted list -- and 25 non-roster invitees. Slowly but surely, said Black, the Padres will narrow their focus to the players that have a chance to break with the team.
"We can still make moves and bring a lot of these guys back," he said. "We have so many non-roster guys. A lot of times, we want to get guys over on the other side, because you do have to start thinning out the room as you prepare the guys that you think are going to be on the roster come April 1."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.