MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - INSIDE PITCH
When he was 3 years old, Sean O'Sullivan pulled his first Padres jersey over his head.
"That's when I first started dreaming about playing for the Padres," the San Diego County native said Wednesday night. "They were the team I grew up with. They were my team.
"Favorite Padre: Tony Gwynn. My favorite Padres moment: Tony's homer off the upper deck in the first game of the 1998 World Series, it sticks out in my mind like it was yesterday."
O'Sullivan's favorite Padres moment could change Friday night at Petco Park. That's when the 25-year-old right-hander makes his Padres debut.
"Right now, I'm focusing on getting the level of my excitement down," O'Sullivan said Thursday. "I'm pretty emotional right now. It's almost a surreal feeling. All I thought about when I was growing up was pitching for the Padres in Mission Valley. Now they're at Petco Park, even better. I'm very happy. Everyone who knows me is excited for me.
"I signed with the Padres (as a minor league free agent) last December because I wanted this to happen. I worked so hard. When I didn't break with the club out of spring training, I was disappointed but all the more determined. This is absolutely what I've been waiting for."
The Padres told O'Sullivan on Wednesday that his contract had been purchased from Triple-A Tucson so that he could start Friday night's game against the Giants. O'Sullivan was 7-4 with a 3.88 ERA in 18 starts in the Pacific Coast League.
"Sean has pitched very well for Tucson," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He's among the Pacific Coast League leaders. He has impressed our people, Sean worked very hard last winter and pitched well this spring. Sean made the decision tough at the end of spring training."
Raised in the eastern portion of San Diego County, O'Sullivan is among the most honored youth players in San Diego history. At the age of 12, he was ranked the best player in the country in his age group. He spent the summers of 2003 and 2004 playing for Team USA in international tournaments and was the winning pitcher in the 2003 World Youth Championships gold medal game.
He was the San Diego County Player of the Year in 2004 while playing for Valhalla High. Among the players he beat out for the honor was infamous Padres first overall draft pick Matt Bush. O'Sullivan was drafted by the Angels in the third round of the 2005 draft and signed the following May.
"But I never gave up my dream of playing for the Padres all the time I was with other teams," O'Sullivan said. "When I became a free agent for the first time last winter, I told my agent (San Diego's John Boggs) to call the Padres."
O'Sullivan has a 10-14 major league record with a 6.13 ERA in 43 games (34 starts) for the Angels and Royals. However, he was 9-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas in the second half of the 2012 season before joining the Padres.
An added bonus for O'Sullivan as a Padre is the fact that he's allowed to hit. O'Sullivan's first seven pro seasons were spent in American League organizations, and he had a total of three at-bats. This season he was 12-for-21 with Tucson with two doubles, a grand slam and 12 RBIs.
July promises to be an eventful month for Sean and Sabrina O'Sullivan. The couple's first child is due less than two weeks after his Padres debut.
MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost two
PAST 10 GAMES: 1-9
NEXT: Giants (Chad Gaudin, 2-1, 2.44) at Padres (Sean O'Sullivan, 2013 debut)
--LHP Clayton Richard will have season-ending surgery next week to shave the bone around the AC joint in his left shoulder. He has been out since June 22 with what was originally diagnosed as a strained left shoulder.
--2B Jedd Gyorko (strained right groin) will moves his rehab assignment to Triple-A Tucson on Friday after going 4-for-7 with an RBI in two rehab games for Class A Lake Elsinore. He is scheduled to return from the disabled list after the All-Star break.
--1B Yonder Alonso is expected to be in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Giants. Manager Bud Black said Thursday it was a "high probability" Alonso would play. Alonso played in another rehab game Thursday night with Triple-A Tucson, going 2-for-3. He is hitting .571 at Tucson as he rehabs a broken right hand that has sidelined him since June 1.
--2B Jedd Gyorko could return to the Padres by Saturday. Gyorko has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 10 with a right groin strain, and he's 4-for-7 with an RBI in two rehab games for Class A Lake Elsinore.
--RHP Sean O'Sullivan, a San Diego native, will make his Padres debut when he start Friday against the Giants. O'Sullivan, who hasn't made a major league appearance since pitching for the Kansas City Royals on Sept. 27, 2011, was 7-4 with a 3.88 ERA in 18 starts with Triple-A Tucson this year. He is 1-0 with 1.29 ERA in one career start against the Giants.
--RHP Jason Marquis failed to secure his 10th win for the fifth consecutive outing. Marquis threw 96 pitches (55 for strikes) in 5 1/3 innings in the Padres' loss to the Giants on Thursday night, allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
--LF Carlos Quentin, who has hit safely in the past seven games, is batting .345 during the streak with two home runs and seven RBIs. Quentin went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Thursday's loss to the Giants.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "After (the first inning), he threw that backdoor cutter a lot better, and it was a little bit down and away. It was tough to hit. After the first, he had a lot better command of that pitch. He mixed it with fastballs in. He was making really good pitches." -- SS Everth Cabrera, on Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner, who overcame a slow start to lead San Francisco to a 4-2 win over the Padres on Thursday.
MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - ROSTER REPORT
--C Yasmani Grandal (sprained right knee) went on the 60-day disabled list July 7. He has ACL and MCL damage, and he'll undergo season-ending surgery in late July to repair the ACL.
--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. He ran the bases and performed some fielding and hitting drills July 8. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Lake Elsinore on July 10, and he could rejoin the Padres before the All-Star break.
--LHP Clayton Richard (strained left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list June 22. He will undergo season-ending surgery during the week of July 15-21.
--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 began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson on July 8, and he might be activated before the All-Star break.
--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.
RHP Edinson Volquez
RHP Jason Marquis
LHP Eric Stults
RHP Andrew Cashner
RHP Luke Gregerson (closer)
RHP Huston Street
LHP Joe Thatcher
RHP Dale Thayer
RHP Tim Stauffer
RHP Nick Vincent
RHP Brad Brach
RHP Miles Mikolas
1B Kyle Blanks
2B Logan Forsythe
SS Everth Cabrera
3B Chase Headley
INF Pedro Ciriaco
INF/OF Alexi Amarista
INF/OF Mark Kotsay
LF Carlos Quentin
CF Will Venable
RF Chris Denorfia
OF/1B Jesus Guzman