Brandon Puffer was there -- twice -- and then he was traded. Ricky Stone has been there twice. Blaine Neal is with the San Diego Padres, a promotion from Portland. Rod Beck returned but has not been himself. Akinori Otsuka seemed overworked for a spell. And the beat goes on...
July 6, 2004
The San Diego Padres today recalled right-handed pitcher Rod Beck from extended Spring Training and outrighted left-handed pitcher Eddie Oropesa to Triple-A Portland. In addition, the club placed infielder Ramon Vazquez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique and recalled right-handed pitcher Dennis Tankersley from Triple-A Portland.
May 21, 2004
The San Diego Padres have had a run of bad luck over the past two weeks. From players going to the disabled list five hours too late to other assorted problems. There is bright news, however, on the horizon, although it could be clouded by varied reports. What it does to the makeup of the team could shape the rest of the season.
May 18, 2004
Rod Beck has disappeared. Kevin Towers, GM of the San Diego Padres, doesn't know where he is or why he isn't where he's supposed to be: Padres camp at Peoria, Arizona. According to ESPN.com, Rod is just gone. Towers said that Beck's disappearance was "possibly" related to his health, physical or mental. While no one ever said that Rod "Shooter" Beck was a picture of good health, he has been a favorite of mine since he played with the Boston Red Sox between 1999 and 2001.
March 25, 2004
Rod Beck is "out indefinitely" according to General Manager Kevin Towers. Beck has been out all of spring and is not expected to begin the season with the San Diego Padres.<br><br> The Minor League rosters are starting to take shape as several players were optioned to their respective Minor League affiliate.
March 16, 2004