03/03/08 9:01 PM ET
Notes: Young faces fatherhood
Veteran right-hander to become a parent for the first time
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
On Tuesday, the 6-foot-10 right-hander will tackle an even bigger undertaking, as he'll become a father for the first time when his wife, Liz, is induced during the morning at a Scottsdale Healthcare hospital.
The Young's baby, a girl who will be named Catherine Elizabeth, will be induced so that her arrival doesn't conflict with Young's next start on Friday, which was the original due date.
Young was asked what his wife thought of being induced four days early.
"I think she's so uncomfortable, that she's happy to accommodate," Young said, smiling.
As for his first start of the spring, Young said he felt comfortable on the mound, though he certainly wasn't working a rate of maximum effort. Young pitched two innings and allowed one run on two hits with a walk.
"I felt good, but didn't overexert myself. It took me a hitter or two to lock in and find the strike zone after that I felt pretty good," Young said. "It's just a start -- that's it. It's part of getting myself ready for the season.
Like other Padres starting pitchers who have pitched this week before him -- Randy Wolf, Jake Peavy and Shawn Estes -- Young's only goal was working on his fastball location as he'll introduce more pitchers into his repertoire the more he pitches.
"That was my goal today," Young said. "I didn't care about anything other than fastball location."
Young drove in the first run of the day with a single up the middle in the second inning that scored Edgar Gonzalez, who was hit by a Jeff Suppan pitch earlier in the inning.
"That's a good start to my offensive season," Young joked.
Praising Antonelli: It what seems a daily occurrence, San Diego manager Bud Black had praise for second baseman Matt Antonelli's play, especially offensively.
Antonelli had two hits, including a double and a stolen base, during Monday's "B" game in Maryvale. On Saturday, Antonelli was 1-for-2 against Seattle, after collecting a home run and two walks against Kansas City on Friday.
"It looks like he has a good grasp of the strike zone," Black said. "He feels comfortable as he gets deeper in the count. He doesn't look overly anxious. A lot of young guys will be anxious when they get in the box and swing early in the count.
"It looks as though he's a guy that has an idea of the strike zone and what he's trying to do."
That patience shouldn't surprise anyone in the organization, as Antonelli -- who should likely start the season with Triple-A Portland -- has a .406 on-base percentage over his first two seasons in the Minor Leagues.
Last season alone, Antonelli walked 83 times over 131 games between stints at Class A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio.
"B" game fun: Several Minor Leaguers played in Monday's 'B' game before the Cactus League game against the Brewers in Maryvale.
Antonelli and Craig Stansberry each had two hits in a game won by Milwaukee, 3-2, in six innings. Chip Ambres made a nice diving catch in the sixth inning.
On the mound, Wil Ledezma tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Starter Cesar Ramos allowed two runs in three innings. The Padres third pitcher of the day -- reliever Ernesto Frieri -- threw one scoreless inning.
In the Cactus League game later, San Diego defeated the Brewers, 12-4, as Jody Gerut, Chase Headley, Callix Crabbe and Luis Rodriguez each had two hits. Paul McAnulty hit a three-run home run and Rodriguez drove in four runs.
Headley has six hits in his last three games.
Friar notes: The Padres got their first look at Mike Cameron in a uniform other than that of the Padres on Monday. Cameron signed with the Brewers in the offseason.
"I will always appreciate him as a player and a person," Black said.
Cameron was with the Padres in 2006 and 2007. He signed a one-year deal with the Brewers for $7 million. ... Injured relief pitchers Kevin Cameron (hamstring) and Justin Hampson (shoulder) threw on the side Monday and could pitch in games within a week. ... Glendon Rusch, who was hit on the shin with a ball on Sunday, will be OK, according to Black. He'll likely miss three days, though those are the normal three days that he would have off anyway. ... The Padres announced Monday that they agreed to contracts with 24 players for the upcoming season: Pitchers Heath Bell, Kevin Cameron, Frieri, Cla Meredith, Mike Gardner, Justin Germano, Carlos Guevara, Clay Hensley, Wilton Lopez, Tim Stauffer, Jared Wells, Mauro Zarate, Justin Hampson and Joe Thatcher; catcher Colt Morton, Crabbe, Headley, Kevin Kouzmanoff, McAnulty, Brian Myrow, Oscar Robles, Rodriguez, Stansberry and outfielder Scott Hairston.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.