LOS ANGELES -- The Padres signed relief pitcher Mike Koplove to a Minor League contract on Tuesday and assigned him to Triple-A Portland.Koplove, a right-hander, is 15-7 with a 3.82 ERA in 222 games over seven seasons in the Major Leagues. He appeared in 22 games this season for Triple-A Tacoma, the top affiliate for the Mariners. Koplove, 33, had his best season in 2002 with the D-backs when he was 6-1 with a 3.36 ERA in 55 games. Koplove isn't on the 40-man roster.
Garland puts premium on durability
LOS ANGELES -- Padres pitcher Jon Garland has been on the disabled list once since the 2000 season, which goes a long way in explaining why he has been in a position to win 10 or more games in each of the past nine seasons.How has he done it? "There's some luck," Garland said on Tuesday. "You are basically ruining your body every time you throw a baseball. You're breaking it down more and more. To me, it is only a matter of time before something bad happens to a pitcher." Garland, who won his 10th game of the season on Sunday, was speaking more about the mechanics of physically throwing a baseball, how it's an unnatural motion and, really, how he's been fortunate to mostly avoid injuries during his career. Garland, who has 127 victories since 2000 and is tied for 11th in the Major Leagues in starts (310) over that same stretch, said one of the most critical parts of his job to be a durable presence in the rotation. "I think that's the thing that's gratifying for myself, is that ability to go out there every day, stay healthy and help my team," Garland said. "If you're not out there, you're no good to your team. If I can't pitch every fifth day, then why am I even here?" San Diego manager Bud Black, who five times during his career made 30 or more starts, appreciates Garland's durability, if for no other reason than it represents an old-school approach to pitching. "Jon is one of those players that I admire just because he takes the ball every fifth day, makes every side session. He makes every workout, he's extremely consistent," Black said. "When you have a guy like that where you don't have to dip into the Minor Leagues, you don't have to worry about bringing a guy out of the bullpen to start, the better you are. The more guys you have like Jon Garland, the better you are."
Headley gets a breather vs. lefty Lilly
LOS ANGELES -- Padres third baseman Chase Headley, who had four hits and hit a three-run homer on Monday, didn't start on Tuesday against left-hander Ted Lilly, who was making his Dodgers debut.Headley, a switch-hitter, was replaced in the lineup at third base by Miguel Tejada, who made four consecutive starts at shortstop since being obtained from the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. Headley is hitting .317 against right-handed pitchers this season, but .192 facing left-handed pitchers. When the Padres obtained Tejada, general manager Jed Hoyer said there would be times when Tejada, who homered in his first at-bat Tuesday, played third base.
"I'm just going with the flow. I knew this was a possibility that I wouldn't be playing today," Headley said. "I'll just take it as business as usual. I think it's going to help everyone moving forward."Headley entered Tuesday's game having played the sixth-most innings among position players in the National League. Getting a start off is, as Black has said this season, a way to get Headley off his feet for a while. "The thought is that you rest before you get tired. That's what we're hoping for, take a periodic rest here and there," Headley said. "Hopefully, I'll stay fresh going forward."
Adams set to make rehab appearance
LOS ANGELES -- Padres reliever Mike Adams, on the disabled list since July 12 with a left oblique strain, will pitch one inning for Double-A San Antonio on Thursday in Corpus Christi.Adams, who on Tuesday missed his 17th game with the injury, has had two successful bullpen sessions since the All-Star break and has reported no residual pain. There was some consideration that he would be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list during this four-game series against the Dodgers. San Diego manager Bud Black said there's a chance Adams could join the team on Friday, when the Padres open a three-game series in Arizona.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.