Edgar Gonzalez was at Petco Park today, two days after taking a fastball to the helmet. Padres are optimistic that he'll make a complete recovery...Here is an article I wrote on Jake Peavy for VoiceofSanDiego.org: http://tinyurl.com/jakepeavy ... Heath Bell livened up the Padres' clubhouse today, delivering a full-sized lounge chair that doubles as an electric wheelchair. Everth Cabrera and Tony Gwynn took turns riding it around the clubhouse. Bell had a friend build the chair for Mark Merila, the former Padres bullpen catcher who has made a strong comeback from chemotherapy for a brain tumor. Merila is a daily bright spot for the Padres. I wrote an article on him for next month's edition of San Diego magazine.
As for Adrian Gonzalez and talk that the Padres might sit him soon, not tonight. Gonzalez made it clear he expects to be in the lineup. And, after a soak in the hot tub, he is...Update: Gonazalez hit a home run to left field in the sixth inning. Two days ago, I wrote that he looks overly tired.
Heard some good things yesterday from an American League scout about a few Padres prospects. Among the players the scout likes are pitchers Wynn Pelzer and Jeremy Hefner. The same AL evaluator said Allan Dykstra, the Padres' first-round pick, looks "awful" right now. "Pelzer is similar to a (Mat) Latos, a power arm with a lot of upside," said Mike Wickham, Padres director of minor league operations. Pelzer needs to sharpen his accuracy. If that happens, the Padres say he could fashion a success story like Bell's. For what it's worth, I enjoyed watching Pelzer at the Cal League All-Star game earlier this month. He had his command that night and was dominant with a fastball that reached 96 miles-per-hour.