SEATTLE -- Three hours before Tuesday's game against the Mariners, a group of Padres relievers as well as bullpen catchers Griffin Benedict and Justin Hatcher and starting catcher Nick Hundley huddled for a quick video shoot to wish bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds a happy 50th birthday.Akerfelds hasn't been with the team since mid-April as he continues to battle pancreatic cancer. The video was to be shown during Tuesday's FOX Sports San Diego broadcast. "It's a miracle we did it in one take," Hundley joked. But it was clear to those who took part in the video shoot that Akerfelds is still on their minds. "It's great to do anything you can for a guy like that," Hundley said. "If we can bring even one smile to his face, then it's worth it." The Padres are certain Akerfelds will be watching Tuesday. As Black said, "He watches every pitch. He's still with us." Last month, the team named Jimmy Jones as bullpen assistant to aid Hatcher and Benedict.
Venable most impressed with dad's longevity
SEATTLE -- With three hits on Sunday against the Brewers, Padres outfielder Will Venable surpassed his father, Max, with 339 career hits.But that doesn't mean that Venable has considered gloating about this to his father, a former outfielder who accumulated 337 hits with the Giants, Angels, Reds and Expos. "I'll take more pride in it if I can surpass him in service time," Venable said on Tuesday. "For him to play as long as he did is impressive." Max Venable played parts of 12 seasons in the Major Leagues, breaking in with the Giants in 1979. His last season was in '91 with the Angels when he was 34 years old. "This game demands a lot of you," Venable said. "I really respect that about my dad's career." Venable, for his part, said he was unaware that he had passed his father in hits until someone pointed it out to him. Venable entered the season with two years and 155 days of Major League service time. The 29-year-old Venable has 41 career home runs, which is more than his father finished with (18). And, oddly enough, 18 is the same number of home runs Venable's college coach at Princeton, Scott Bradley, hit in his Major League career. "I was aware of that," Venable said.
Quentin is easy choice for Padres' first DH
SEATTLE -- Carlos Quentin had the distinction of being the Padres' first designated hitter this season. Chances are, it will happen more often than not this week.The Padres opened a three-game Interleague series against the Mariners on Tuesday, the first of six games against American League foes this week. The team travels to Oakland for a three-game series starting on Friday. San Diego manager Bud Black didn't deliberate long when it came to choosing a designated hitter for Tuesday's game. "This gives him some time off his feet and from playing in the field," Black said. "The next week or so we'll mix around the DH, but tonight, it's Carlos." Quentin, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on March 19, wasn't reinstated from the 15-day disabled list until May 28. Since then, he's been on a tear. Quentin entered Tuesday's game with a .429 average and a .971 slugging percentage to show for his first 10 games with the team. He has four doubles, five home runs and 10 RBIs in his first 35 at-bats. Other potential DH candidates for this trip are left-handed-hitting Mark Kotsay and righty-swinging Jesus Guzman.
Shortstop Everth Cabrera rejoined the Padres on Tuesday after his trial in Phoenix was canceled on Monday.
According to UT San Diego, prosecutors dismissed the case, which allowed for him to return to the team without missing any games. San Diego was off on Monday after flying late Sunday to Seattle from Milwaukee.
The trial was set for Monday to accommodate the Padres' off-day. Cabrera was charged with misdemeanor assault upon his wife, stemming from a March 16 incident in Glendale, Ariz.