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    Yeah, Cust has been floundering around down there for a while, trade bait I guess. One in the hand is better than two in a Bush, I guess the old addage holds up. I am glad to see they held onto lefty Hampson in spite of his inability to get an out so far, they need a lefty out of the pen, he may work out given a chance (wish they had resigned Embree though). I hope the Robles callup isn't a signal that Kouz may be sitting a lot more...he really does need to take a trip to AAA for a while and work out his troubles. Branyon at 3rd with Robles joining Blum in the utility role does make sense with Kouz hitting 70 points below the Mendoza line. I think they'll hold onto 3 catchers and send Kouz down when Bard returns. It would be nice to see them give Headley a try at 3rd and Hunter a shot in the OF and leadoff some time this year (even though Giles has really locked it down).
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    Good points, gkar. I know LaForest looked good for us, but 3 catchers on the roster seems excessive. Who knows though. And if they send Kouz down, I'd be a bit disappointed. Not in Kouz, but rather in management for not giving him at least one full month. He's shown flashes, he just needs some more experience and confidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by friarfan07 View Post
    Good points, gkar. I know LaForest looked good for us, but 3 catchers on the roster seems excessive. Who knows though. And if they send Kouz down, I'd be a bit disappointed. Not in Kouz, but rather in management for not giving him at least one full month. He's shown flashes, he just needs some more experience and confidence.
    i to would be dissapointed but i think they would be looking out for for him in doing so. at the ML level he is sharing time with other guys and in the minors he could straighten out his swing and play with the burden of having to play as josh barfield lifted. im not saying they should im jsut saying if they did it wouldnt be all that bad.

    p.s. i think hampson is going down when bard gets back and then bwoen or laforest will be traded leaving a roster spot open for someone...
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    Why be rational when you can do this and then keep getting after a great Padre win?

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    ^ good call, I agree. There's no way Bud keeps 3 catchers on the roster. He isn't Bochy.

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    Hopefully the open roster spot goes to a lefty reliever. I know you agree with this g & g. I remember when I saw the bullpen on sportsline for the first time. Well, check it out:

    Bullpen
    RHP T. Hoffman
    RHP S. Linebrink
    RHP C. C. Meredith
    RHP D. Brocail
    RHP H. Bell
    RHP K. Cameron
    LHP J. Hampson
    RHP A. J. Rakers
    RHP S. R. Cassidy

    Notice anything odd? LOL, we really should keep Hampson, even though his ERA is undefined... or at least get some sort of lefty in the pen.
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    Do you think the Pads are proving a point about lefty-righty matchups? They have one, seldom-used, left-hand pitcher in their bullpen, and yet have one of the strongest, most effective bullpens in the game. Is the whole lefty vs. righty thing overrated?

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    A specialist lefty could be overrated, but Bochy used it well with Embree in certain situations. Hampson is no Embree but it would be nice to carry him if possible but I think he's toast when Cassidy returns, unfortunately. You can't knock the Padres right handed bullpen this year (taking Thompson out of the equation).

    3 catchers is a bit much but i think LaForest might be worth hanging onto because I believe he is out of options and is worth keeping with good potential benefits. One of the three catchers could relieve Gonzalez at first when needed.

    Kouz has had a taste of major league pitching and a confidence builder in AAA will do him good. He is young and I firmly believe he will be the Padres big league 3rd baseman, but young guys can have their confidence destroyed if management is not careful IMHO. Blasting some AAA pitching can help him as I know he will when he is sent down, the guy has the stuff. The Padres need to look to Branyon this year or possibly Headley, it's a tough world out there, it's a business and wins matter, .133 BA's don't figure in. I am pulling for Kouz, but a year from now, not today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gkar View Post
    A specialist lefty could be overrated, but Bochy used it well with Embree in certain situations. Hampson is no Embree but it would be nice to carry him if possible but I think he's toast when Cassidy returns, unfortunately. You can't knock the Padres right handed bullpen this year (taking Thompson out of the equation).

    3 catchers is a bit much but i think LaForest might be worth hanging onto because I believe he is out of options and is worth keeping with good potential benefits. One of the three catchers could relieve Gonzalez at first when needed.

    Kouz has had a taste of major league pitching and a confidence builder in AAA will do him good. He is young and I firmly believe he will be the Padres big league 3rd baseman, but young guys can have their confidence destroyed if management is not careful IMHO. Blasting some AAA pitching can help him as I know he will when he is sent down, the guy has the stuff. The Padres need to look to Branyon this year or possibly Headley, it's a tough world out there, it's a business and wins matter, .133 BA's don't figure in. I am pulling for Kouz, but a year from now, not today.
    bowen is out of options too
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    i agree with most all of gkar's points. i personally think the lefty-righty matchup thing is overrated. it is a factor, but not nearly to the degree certain managers (read: bruce bochy) make it out to be. hey, maybe keeping laforest for a bit isn't bad idea, especially if he and bowen are out of options. and as for kouz, maybe a send-down is a good idea. then again, that may be a blow to his confidence if he is being, in effect, "demoted" so soon into the season. plus, if he struggles down there or is just mediocre, then what?

    also, cameron's .203 average isn't exactly lighting it up. i say he gets demoted if it continues much longer. his confidence certainly can't be too high. at this point, i'd prefer to see cruz in center and sledge in right, that is until cameron can figure out how to play how he always used to.
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    by the way, does anyone know when scott cassidy is due back? Sportsline.com says he's on the 15-day dl retroactive to march 23 with knee problems, so he's certainly able to come back now. is he still hurt?

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    Yeah, Cameron is troubling...it took him a long time to crack the Mendoza line. His OPS and SLG are horrendous which is more troubling. If he was hitting .200 with a .400-.500 SLG we could say ok, he'll be OK, but such is not the case. Time for some Pine (bench) Cameron. I agree Friarfan, time for a little Sledge in the outfield with Cruz and Giles (funny how a season goes when the guys you (I) didn't figure on are the ones you're (we're) now banking on). Cameron is a real hard one to figure out this year.

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    yeah, i agree. i mean if anything, he'd be playing extra great to ensure getting a good long term deal in place. as it is now, his contract negotiations have stalled and won't be addressed probably until next winter. not saying that is due to his struggles on the field, but it can't help. the guy just doesn't have it right now.

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    2006 second-round pick Chad Huffman went 4-for-5 with a homer, a triple and five RBI Sunday for Single-A Lake Elsinore.

    The big game came on his 22nd birthday. Huffman is one of the candidates to be the Padres' long-term left fielder. He's batting .276/.368/.474 through 76 at-bats in the California League.
    Padres optioned LHP Justin Hampson to Triple-A Portland.

    Hampson pitched four innings Sunday, and the Padres needed a fresh arm. He could be back to act as a middle reliever in two or three weeks.
    Padres recalled LHP Royce Ring from Triple-A Portland.

    The Padres will carry a matchup lefty for the first time this season. Ring should be an asset in that role, but he's not an innings guy. It's surprising the Padres didn't call up more of a middle reliever after Sunday's 17-inning game.
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    Royce Ring looked studly tonight in one inning of work, striking out 2.

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    Info from the farm:

    Headley doing well in Double-A

    By Tom Krasovic
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    April 30, 2007

    While rookie third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff struggles for the Padres, batting .119 in 67 at-bats, third baseman Chase Headley is flourishing with Double-A San Antonio.
    Headley, a switch-hitter who will turn 23 next month, is batting .354 in 79 at-bats with eight doubles, four home runs and 16 RBI to go with a .433 on-base percentage. Batting left-handed, his primary role as a hitter, Headley is batting .404 with three home runs and a .500 on-base percentage.


    Padres officials have said it is unlikely they would summon Headley to the majors any time soon. But the former University of Tennessee star was creating a buzz even before the season began. Headley had gained some 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason, and he had several good at-bats in spring training, one of which produced a triple off Padres No. 2 starter Chris Young.
    Entering this season, all of Headley's 190 games had come below Single-A, yielding a .282 batting average, a .382 on-base percentage and 18 home runs.


    Triple-A
    If the Padres are to get immediate help from their Triple-A affiliate, it appears that it will come from veteran minor leaguers. Portland's younger players, such as pitcher Cesar Carrillo and infielder Luis Cruz, are off to slow starts. A 23-year-old middle infielder acquired from the Red Sox in 2002, Cruz is batting .151 with four errors in 20 games.


    Double-A
    Will Venable, one of the Padres' top prospects, has a knack for making contact against a wide variety of pitchers. The left-hander is batting .391 in 21 at-bats against left-handers.


    Single-A
    Contributing to Lake Elsinore's 18-8 win yesterday, third baseman David Freese hit a grand slam and left fielder Chad Huffman hit a three-run home run.

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