Bud Black: Tommy Medica will make his debut tonight at first base

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

My notes from Darren Smith's interview with Padres manager Bud Black

Bud Black interview with Darren Smith (MP3)

  • The coaching staff had been discussing the move to the six man rotation since the middle of August when they were planning their September.  They wanted to give Andrew Cashner extra rest and wanted to look more at Robbie Erlin and Burch Smith.  There were some other minor league names discussed as well. 
  • Black isn't saying if Matt Wisler was one of those pitchers discussed as a possible September call up.  Black hasn't personally seen him pitch but he hears great things about him.  "Wisler is a guy that we're going to look at in Spring Training."  He might have a chance of making the club next year.
  • Black hopes that baseball sticks with the 5 man rotation but it wouldn't surprise him if the 6 man rotation catches on.  In the 60's and 70's the 4 man rotation was the accepted norm.
  • Tommy Medica was promoted from AA San Antonio and will make his major league debut tonight at first base.  He may possibly move to left field in
    Our guys felt as though he was the guy to call  -Bud Black on Tommy Medica
    the future.  He's a right handed hitter with a good approach and a little bit of pop in his bat.  "He's one of our best hitting prospects in the higher levels."  The Padres needed some depth with Yonder Alonso out, Logan Forsythe a little banged up and Kyle Blanks just returning from a foot injury.

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