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MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - INSIDE PITCH

When the Padres drafted catcher Austin Hedges in the second round in 2011, some thought it was a wasted pick.

Hedges had such a strong commitment to UCLA that some teams had shied away from picking him earlier.

But Padres scout Josh Emmerick was convinced Hedges would sign if the Padres drafted him. They did. And he did. Two years later, the 20-year-old Hedges is considered the top prospect in the Padres' system.

"There was never a question about his ability to catch," said Randy Smith, the Padres' vice president of player development. "His hitting is probably farther along where we thought it would be at this stage."

The stage Hedges has already reached is high Class A. He is hitting .275 with two homers and 20 RBIs in 43 games for Lake Elsinore of the California League. He also has a .362 on-base percentage. Last season, Hedges hit .279 with 10 homers and 56 RBIs for low-A Fort Wayne.

Hedges made the midseason and postseason All-Star team in the Midwest League last season and the midseason All-Star team of the California League this season. He will represent the Padres on Team USA in the Futures Game.

"No one works hard than Hedgey," Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal said. "Everywhere you looked this spring was Hedgey. He has great tools."

There was some thought this year that Hedges would spend only a half season at Lake Elsinore before being promoted to Double-A San Antonio. But his mercurial progress was slowed in May by a deep bruise to his catching hand. Some Padres believe Hedges will be with the Padres by the end of the 2014 season.

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MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 40-45

STREAK: Lost five

PAST 10 GAMES: 2-8

NEXT: Padres (Eric Stults, 6-6, 3.51) at Red Sox (Allen Webster, 0-2, 9.50)

PLAYER NOTES:

--SS Everth Cabrera, who was supposed to rejoin the Padres for Thursday's game in Boston, could rejoin the team Thursday in Boston and be activated Friday in Washington. Disabled with a hamstring injury, Cabrera went 0-for-3 in his first rehab start Tuesday night with Class A Fort Wayne and went 0-for-4 Wednesday night. The day game in Boston means he wouldn't be able to arrive in time for Thursday's game.

--RHP Edinson Volquez, pitching on his 30th birthday, pitched six strong innings without a decision in a 2-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. He struck out six and yielded seven hits but kept the game within reach.

--LF Carlos Quentin had three of the Padres' six hits in a 2-1 loss to Boston and is hitting .358 over his last 31 games. He had been 0-for-11 against Jon Lester before going 3-for-3 against him. However, Quentin also misplayed a ball: He got too close to the left field wall on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's double, and the ball bounced over Quentin's head, allowing the run to score.

--RF Will Venable missed his third straight game with a hamstring but ran in the outfield before the game and said he was ready to go. He was available off the bench and should start Thursday. He was 5-for-12 on the road trip when he was injured in Miami. "It was weird, because the triple the second day in Miami, I was coming around second and I stumbled a little awkwardly," he said. "Because Miami is so humid, I didn't feel anything (immediately). Then in the middle of the night, it felt tight."

--LHP Eric Stults, who has gone 4-4 with a 2.80 ERA in his last 11 starts, faces the Red Sox in a holiday matinee at Fenway Park on Thursday. Stults has struck out 44 and walked 16 in those 11 starts but is coming off a 7-1 loss at Miami, where he worked a season-low 3 2/3 innings and yielded six runs and seven hits. He faces the Red Sox for the first time in his career.

--OF Kyle Blanks was the designated hitter Wednesday night because of a sore heel. He singled home a run in the first inning and went 1-for-4.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He threw a couple of good ones down that (Jonny) Gomes swung through. I'm sure he tried to execute the same one that he did the previous two for strikes, just left it a little bit up. Gomes was probably looking for it. Gomes has some pull-side power, he can elevate the ball, and that's what he did." -- Manager Bud Black, on Gomes' winning home run off RHP Luke Gregerson on Wednesday.

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MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:

--RF Will Venable (hamstring) missed his third straight game July 3 but ran in the outfield before the game and said he was ready to go. He was available off the bench and should start July 4.

--SS Everth Cabrera (sore left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 17. He fielded grounders, took batting practice and performed some running drills June 26. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Fort Wayne on July 2 and he is expected to be activated July 4 or 5.

--2B Jedd Gyorko (strained right groin) went on the 15-day disabled list June 10. He was re-injured during his first a rehab game for Double-A San Antonio on June 26, and his rehab was shut down. The timetable for his return was unknown.

--LHP Clayton Richard (strained left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list June 22.

--OF Cameron Maybin (PCL tear in left knee) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 10. He is expected to be out until at least late July. It is unknown whether Maybin will undergo surgery.

--1B Yonder Alonso (broken right hand) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 1. He might begin a rehab assignment the first week of July, and he could be activated July 8.

--RHP Joe Wieland (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He threw 100 pitches at 75-80 percent on April 26. He threw live batting practice for the first time June 2. He's unlikely to return before August.

--LHP Cory Luebke (Tommy John surgery in May 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 20. After taking three weeks off due to soreness in his elbow, he resumed throwing around Opening Day. He threw from 150 feet in late April, but he backed off his throwing program again in early May after feeling soreness in the elbow. He's not expected to return until after the All-Star break.

--RHP Casey Kelly (torn right ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 60-day disabled list March 30. He had season-ending Tommy John surgery April 2.

ROTATION:

RHP Edinson Volquez

RHP Jason Marquis

LHP Eric Stults

RHP Andrew Cashner

LHP Robbie Erlin

BULLPEN:

RHP Luke Gregerson (closer)

RHP Huston Street

LHP Joe Thatcher

RHP Dale Thayer

RHP Tyson Ross

RHP Tim Stauffer

RHP Nick Vincent

RHP Burch Smith

CATCHERS:

Yasmani Grandal

Nick Hundley

INFIELDERS:

1B Kyle Blanks

2B Logan Forsythe

SS Pedro Ciriaco

3B Chase Headley

INF/OF Alexi Amarista

INF/OF Mark Kotsay

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Carlos Quentin

CF Will Venable

RF Chris Denorfia

OF/1B Jesus Guzman