Stauffer named Saturday starter for Padres
Righty gets ball vs. Giants in nationally televised game
SAN DIEGO -- Padres manager Bud Black made it official Tuesday: Tim Stauffer, who filled in admirably Monday for a sick Mat Latos, will get another start.
Black indicated that Stauffer will start on Saturday in a nationally televised game against the Giants on FOX.
Stauffer allowed one run in four innings of a victory over the Dodgers on Monday when Latos, the scheduled starter, fell ill with the stomach flu. That marked the second time this season he's filled in as a spot starter.
"Stauffer has been throwing the ball extremely well all year," Black said. "He feels good about where he is physically and his stuff has been outstanding."
Black surmised that Stauffer could probably throw upward of six innings against the Giants.
Black remarked that he was impressed with Stauffer's velocity against the Dodgers, that he hit 95 mph on a few occasions. Black said that might be the result of the work that the right-handed put in during the offseason.
"A lot of great seasons are made in the offseason," Black said.
Kevin Correia and Wade LeBlanc, who have been bumped from the rotation by rookie Cory Luebke -- who started on Wednesday -- and Stauffer, are available to pitch in relief should they be needed.
Padres share excitement for Hoffman's feat
SAN DIEGO -- Though the milestone happened in Milwaukee, there was still plenty of buzz around PETCO Park after Trevor Hoffman recorded his 600th career save on Tuesday.
That is, of course, because 552 of those saves came during Hoffman's 16-year career in San Diego.
One of those most proud of the accomplishment was Trevor's brother and Padres third-base coach, Glenn.
He said he was consistently being updated about the ninth-inning events in Milwaukee during the Padres' contest with the Dodgers but that he had not had a chance to speak with Trevor since leaving him a voicemail on Tuesday night.
"It's been pretty crazy, but exciting," Glenn said. "I'm really proud. To reach it is a personal goal for him, but I thought the way the Milwaukee Brewers team and everybody embraced him, it was like him being [in San Diego] for 16 years. That's just the way Trev is, the way he grows on people. That was special."
The final out of Hoffman's 600th save was shown on the video board at PETCO Park during Tuesday's game, which garnered a standing ovation from fans and players alike.
"I stood up, tipped my hat, clapped the whole time I saw it," said Padres closer Heath Bell, a former teammate of Hoffman. "And a tear came ... well, my eyes got watery. I don't want to say I cried. It was a huge honor just to be a setup guy to Trevor. Great guy. I'm happy for him. He is the best."
Trevor said he learned of the Padres' gesture from Glenn following the Brewers' game and that was touched that the milestone was acknowledged in San Diego.
"They're in the middle of a pennant race. Their focus is: Stay ahead of the Giants," Trevor said. "For them to take the time [to acknowledge the milestone], it was a class move by their organization."
The accomplishment also earned high praise from Padres manager Bud Black, who managed Hoffman during his final two seasons in San Diego.
"What a tremendous feat," Black said. There's nothing I respect more than a player passing the test of time through performance, and Trevor has done that."
Black rotates in reserves to start finale
SAN DIEGO -- Padres manager Bud Black has never been one to get too attached to any one particular lineup and Wednesday certainly was no exception.
For the final game of a three-game series against the Dodgers, the Padres' starting lineup had Luis Durango starting in center field, Matt Stairs in left field and Everth Cabrera at second base.
Regulars Ryan Ludwick (right field) and Chris Denorfia (center field) got rare starts off as did second baseman David Eckstein.
"The use of the roster is important," Black said. "It's one of the big reasons we are where we are. I think everybody has investment in this team, and I think it's great. It creates a situation where all these guys feel a part of what's going on, and all these guys are good baseball players.
"It gives [Dodgers starting pitcher Chad] Billingsley a little different look tonight as well."
Ludwick is hitting .173 with 20 strikeouts in 75 at-bats since Aug. 15.
"There are some guys on our roster that are going to help us moving forward, and you've got to try to keep these guys as current as possible," Black said. "This is an opportunity to do that tonight."
For Durango, recalled Tuesday from Triple-A Portland, it's his sixth start of the season in center field. For Stairs this is his ninth start of 2010 in left field. He's also started once in right field and once at first base.
The Dodgers followed suit, as regulars James Loney and Andre Ethier weren't in the starting lineup.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Gina Mizell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.