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Padres GM Jed Hoyer talks about the season so far and donates $100 a win to Stand Up 2 Cancer

XX Sports Radio: Jed Hoyer Interview with Darren Smith (MP3)

  • With only 5 games under the team's belt, it's hard to evaluate their performance.  
  • Hoyer thought Trevor Hoffman's appearance before the Home Opener was "incredible" and "amazing".
  • Dustin Moseley gave the best start of the week.  He pitched well enough to get another start on Saturday.  He pounds the strike zone and has a good sinker.  "He's going to be good in whatever role we put him in."  The team has confidence in him.  Hoyer doesn't want to predict too much about his future, whether he'll be in the rotation or the bullpen.
  • Hoyer is not ready to name a 5th starter.
  • Nick Hundley has been the only offensive stand out thus far.  "It's nice to see the adjustments he's made."  Hundley has been working on eye drills, he's a hard worker.
  • Hoyer wasn't frustrated with the game yesterday because Tim Lincecum was amazing, "it's tough to win games when a guy strikes out 13".
  • So far the team's defense has been good.  The Padres can never relax on defense because they don't have the offense to recover from it.
  • Mat Latos is doing well.  He's going to start against the Reds, most likely Monday but he's not making an official announcement.  Latos says he feels great.  Health wise the Padres aren't concerned but he was fighting mechanical issues all Spring.  Hopefully his Spring struggles are behind him.  The break on the Disabled List gave him a rest both physically and mentally.
  • Joe Thatcher threw a bullpen session and felt some arm fatigue at the end.  They were optimistic before but now they are going to wait and see how he feels. Corey Luebke will be in that role until Thatcher comes back.  Luebke will remain a starting pitcher, this is just temporary.
  • Will Venable won't play against really good left handed pitchers like Garcia and Madison BumgarnerChris Denorfia is more likely to have success against them.  They are not platooning them necessarily.  Hoyer hasn't talked to Buddy Black about who's going to start against Ted Lilly.
  • Brad Hawpe can certainly play outfield, but they're hoping that Eric Patterson can hit right handed pitching and play the outfield.
  • Jorge Cantu will continue to hit third, certainly against left handed pitching.
  • Hoyer is going to donate $100 a win to Stand Up 2 Cancer. He's hoping to motivate others to donate as well.