Edinson Volquez will try to make the ailing bullpen's job easier on Monday when he takes the mound for the opener of a three-game set with the Rockies at Petco Park.
San Diego's Opening Day starter last worked seven scoreless innings on Tuesday against Milwaukee, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out four. He didn't factor into the decision, however, as his offense didn't provide him with run support.
Monday will be his fifth career start against the Rockies. He faced Colorado once last year, taking the loss after surrendering two runs on four hits over five innings.
"Volquez has been very solid, pretty consistent," Padres manager Bud Black said. "You look at all his games. You look at the number of zeros he's put up on the board; he's put up quite a few. I really like the way he's throwing."
In the back end of San Diego's bullpen lays potential temporary closer candidates in Andrew Cashner, Dale Thayer and Luke Gregerson. In their careers, the trio has a combined four saves.
"As similar as the setup and closer role are, you do have that little extra adrenaline, a little extra something to get the job done, because it is the last inning," Gregerson said. "You have to finish it off."
For the Rockies, it will be rookie lefty Drew Pomeranz on the bump. He got a no-decision against the Dodgers on Wednesday after allowing just one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings. It was the longest outing of his young career.
"Honestly, I didn't think I had my best stuff, but that's pitching," Pomeranz said. "I had a lot of movement on my fastball and was jamming a lot of guys."
Padres: Quentin update
Carlos Quentin is expected to return to San Diego on Monday from his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Tucson to check in with the Padres, Black said.
Quentin will then join Class A Lake Elsinore for more rehabilitation instead of accompanying Tucson on its trip to New Orleans, Black said. Quentin will play a couple of games with Lake Elsinore, but Black didn't specify when Quentin might finish his rehab.
The outfielder went on the disabled list on April 3 after undergoing right knee surgery. Quentin hit 24 homers and had 77 RBIs last season with the White Sox.
Rockies: Moyer, Chipper feud
According to Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, Jamie Moyer accused him of stealing signs Saturday night in the fifth inning after Jones knocked a run-scoring double.
The Braves scored five runs in that inning off Colorado to spark a 12-9 win.
Moyer did not want to "bring the media into it," he did acknowledge that stealing signs from second base is an acknowledged and accepted part of the game.
The teams meet up again in Atlanta in September.
"Whatever happens on the field, stays on the field," Moyer said. "That's how I look at things. We'll handle things on the field. That's how I was taught how to do it."
Moyer notched his first hit and first run scored of the season on Saturday. Moyer became the oldest player to notch a hit in the Majors since the White Sox's Minnie Minoso had a hit in 1976 at age 50.