Padres must find playing time for youngsters

Padres' young talent needs playing time

SAN DIEGO -- One in, one out.

That was the roster move on Friday for the Padres, when relief pitcher Ryan Webb was sent to Triple-A Portland and outfielder Drew Macias was recalled from the Portland.

The move doesn't change the fact that the Padres swapped youth for youth, as this transaction gives Padres manager Bud Black yet another 20-something-year-old player at his disposal.

Now if Black can only find playing time for all of these players.

The addition of Macias gives the Padres five outfielders, and that includes Kyle Blanks, who is a first baseman by trade but has seen time in the outfield.

With veteran Brian Giles on the disabled list -- and with no timetable for his return -- Black has mostly been using Chase Headley in left field, Tony Gwynn in center field and Will Venable in right field.

Macias figures to see time in center field and right field. The 26-year-old hit .278 (5-for-18) with four doubles, a home run and five RBIs and five walks in three stints with the Padres earlier this season.

Black could use Blanks in right field and first base, where he figures to spell Adrian Gonzalez on occasion in the second half. Black and the Padres want to see what Blanks can do offensively. He went into Friday's game hitting .178.

"There does come a time when young players have to play," Black said. "[Blanks] won't be too removed from at-bats."

Of Macias, who impressed the Padres in Spring Training and again when he was called upon earlier this season, Black said: "He gives us a little more flexibility."

The Padres will get even younger on Sunday when 21-year-old Mat Latos, regarded as the top pitching prospect in the farm system, is officially added from Double-A San Antonio to make his Major League debut.

Pitching matchup
SD: RHP Kevin Correia (6-7, 4.50 ERA)
Correia, easily one of the highlights from the first half of the season, allowed three earned runs over 5 2/3 innings in his last start on July 12 against the Giants, faltering late after a strong start. Correia, who came to Spring Training on a Minor League contract, has won six games and been a plus for a staff ravaged by injuries. Against the Giants, his former team, Correia allowed eight hits, one walk and struck out three. Heading into the All-Star break, he led the Padres in innings and was tied with Jake Peavy in victories.

COL: RHP Jason Hammel (5-4, 4.43 ERA)
Hammel had a rough outing in his last start as he lasted three innings and surrendered five runs on nine hits. He couldn't get out of jams and gave up runs in each inning he worked. In eight starts from May 24 through July 1, Hammel went 5-1 with a 3.47 ERA. However, in his last two starts leading up to the break, he's given up nine runs in 8 2/3 innings. Hammel will get the start ahead of Marquis in the rotation.

Pitcher Cha Seung Baek, on the disabled list since the end of Spring Training with a strained forearm, will make his third Minor League rehab assignment on Saturday with Double-A San Antonio. Baek allowed two earned runs in 2 2/3 innings for the Missions in his last start. ... Tim Stauffer will get the start Monday against the Rockies, Black announced before Friday's game. ... On Thursday, the Padres started a stretch of 25 consecutive games without a day off. The team would have gotten a day off next Thursday, but they have to travel to Philadelphia for a makeup game from a rainout in April before starting a three-game series in Washington the following day. ... Everth Cabrera has started every game at shortstop since returning from the disabled list on June 19. ... The Padres game on Wednesday begins at 12:35 p.m. to accommodate the Padres travel plans to get to Philadelphia. The game was originally a night game.

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Up next
• Sunday: Padres (Mat Latos, MLB Debut) vs. Rockies (Jason Marquis, 11-6, 3.65), 1:05 p.m. PT
• Monday: Padres (Tim Stauffer, 0-1, 2.57) vs. Marlins (TBD), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Tuesday: Padres (Chad Gaudin, 4-8, 4.84) vs. Marlins (Chris Volstad, 6-9, 4.53), 7:05 p.m. PT

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