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Padres ST 2018: Game Preview/Thread 03/16 vs. Royals

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Luis Perdomo will take the mound vs. Kansas City.

MLB: Spring Training-San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Luis Perdomo will take the start for the Padres today against the Royals in Peoria.

Perdomo has had a slower start to his spring, putting in more work in the backfields and B-games than in actual Spring Training action. In 2 games and 1 start Luis has pitched 6 innings and coughed up 8 hits to the tune of 7 earned runs. The extended layoff from game action was meant to help Perdomo with his development and the results of all the backfield work may be made somewhat apparent in today’s start.

Leadoff hitter Carlos Asuaje has been on fire this spring, hitting .416 in 39 plate appearances. He’ll need to continue to show that pace going into the regular season; his teammate and competitor for 2nd base Cory Spangenberg (today’s birthday boy) is hitting .323 and launched a solo homer last night.

Revealed in Andy Green’s daily media address yesterday was the status of Kyle McGrath; the lefty has been undergoing some elbow discomfort and has been limited:

“He hasn’t been throwing much. His elbow is fine, but he’s nursing something with his elbow that’s not anything drastic. I think he has a side scheduled tomorrow and we’d expect to see him in games here soon. It’s just a slower progression with him where he is right now. He went through some elbow stuff last year and came back from it pretty quickly. I think he feels good right now, which is what I keep hearing. If he throws a side tomorrow and gets in the action and throws the ball well, he still has an opportunity to make the club. It’s a lot easier for relievers than starters.”

Today’s game is radio-only on MLB.com and starts at 1:10 PM PST.