The San Diego Padres are ecstatic to have Trevor Hoffman back in the lineup this year. The team is counting on him netting 40+ saves this season, with a few scraps thrown the way of Rod Beck and Akinori Otsuka. The rest of the bullpen figures to be a Cactus League battle with the youth trying to supplant the veterans. Expect a surprise or two in this strong bullpen. Here is the early word from spring training:
March 1, 2004
While the batters got a break of sorts on Friday when facing live pitching, they did not get that same break Saturday. The weather was better and Trevor Hoffman, Tim Stauffer, Kevin Walker and Akinori Otsuka were among those to take the mound. All performed well, with Walker garnering praise from Bruce Bochy and Jim Callis of Baseball America. Meanwhile, Jake Peavy reported an odd feeling in his olblidue and said it was sore after taking the mound. Rusty Tucker was also in town on Saturday.
February 29, 2004
Mike Matthews will either be a San Diego Padre by this weekend or not at all. The Friars recently signed Kevin Walker and that could mean the official end of Matthews as a Padre. There is a case to be made for Matthews' return, despite numbers that indicate he was not on top of his game in 2003.
December 5, 2003
Left-handed reliever Kevin Walker agreed to a one year deal worth $450,000 with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. <br><br> Walker had reconstructive surgery on his left elbow in 2001 and has made just 11 appearances in each of the last two seasons.
December 2, 2003