Kevin Towers did an interview with the XX Sports Radio morning show on Tuesday. You can listen to it here. Here are some of the highlights:
Jake Peavy is getting better. We’ll re-evaluate in four or five days.
Chris Young will be out at least a month.
Clay Hensley’s velocity is coming back, his soreness is gone and we’ll likely see him, Carlos Guevara and Justin Hampson up with the big league club in the next few weeks.
Strikeouts are part of the game, the problem is when you’re striking out on pitchers’ pitches. The key thing is swinging at quality strikes.
Chase Headley will be up in June, possibly early June, probably before interleague play. A big part of holding off on calling him up has been an attempt to let Chase build his confidence at Triple A after a slow start in April.
Sandy Alderson conducted his weekly interview this afternoon and you can listen to it here. The highlights:
Tim Sullivan’s column was fair. We are always balancing the now versus the future. Alderson declined to speak about Headley specifically. He asks, “If we have a guy who is one day away from qualifying for free agency one year early, would you expect the team to take that into account?” As you move from that, he notes, it gets less black and white. He also makes the point that regardless of what Player A might get paid, the Padres will spend the same amount on payroll calling it a zero sum game. Money not spent on one particular player is spent on another, not invested outside the organization. Payroll is set ahead of time, allocation amongst players is decided annually.
“Let’s back off the notion that Tim Sullivan or Nick Canepa or somebody else knows that Chase Headley is quote ready.” Chase could flame out. We need to be careful about assuming he’s going to be the next Ryan Braun or whoever. Scott Hairston, Jody Gerut, etc. are involved in this equation, also. We need to find out which if any of those guys are going to be in their plans going forward.
The team is careful with their money, but aren’t afraid to take a shot at somebody (Jim Edmonds) even if that doesn’t work out. They are, however, unwilling to put themselves in a situation where a mistake could handicap them for seasons to come (Andruw Jones).
The comments about the right environment are with regard to an environment where Headley won’t be likely to alter his approach at the plate. It’s not about chemistry in the clubhouse or anything of that nature. They don’t want to have to send Headley down again.
We strike out too often. We can tolerate 100 strikeouts if a guy has 100 walks. Our K/BB ratio is horrendous. With regard to a two strike approach, putting the ball into play is really no better than striking out at the Major League level. Fielders are too good to not put the ball into play with authority and expect not to make an out. The Padres stress walks less as an outcome than as evidence of a selective approach.
A lot of the team’s approach moving forward will depend upon health.