Monday, March 17, 2008

Estes' struggles continue, Padres lose 8-4

It's becoming less and less likely that Shawn Estes will be with be Padres come Opening Day, but Callix Crabbe is making the Padres' decision harder with each performance.

Padres left-hander Shawn Estes, who was supposed to start the rained out game on Sunday, pitched on Monday against Arizona, where his struggles continued.

Estes gave up 4 runs on 10 hits through 4 2/3 innings, his ERA climbing to 15.00 this spring. He could stay with San Diego and start the year in Portland, but I can't imagine that will be the case. Estes may try to lock on with a team needing another starter, or hang up the cleates for good.

On the bright side for the Padres, Glendon Rusch continues to impress. He went 2 shutout innings, giving up just 2 hits, walking 1 and striking out 2. His ERA during impressive 1.04. Cla Meredith also got an inning of work in, giving up 2 runs (0 ER) and striking out 1, his spring ERA is 1.50.

Offensively for San Diego, Callix Crabbe continues to show why he should earn a spot on the Padres 25-man roster when they break camp in a few weeks. Crabbe finished the day going 3-for-3 with 2 singles and an RBI double, upping his spring batting average to .415. Jody Gerut homered to lead off the 6th inning, his 3rd of the spring. Both of these guys are showing why the Padres may not need to make a trade for another outfielder, they can do the job just fine in a fill in role.

Brian Giles made his first cactus league start for the major league squad, going 0-2 and making a play in right field. It's still unknown whether he'll be ready to go on Opening Day.

Up next for San Diego, they will be in Tucscon to take on the White Sox, Wil Ledezma is scheduled to start for San Diego opposite left-hander John Danks for the Sox.

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