04/26/2013 10:24 PM ET
Affeldt set to test strained side with bullpen session
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Jeremy Affeldt hopes to continue his recovery from a strained right side by throwing off a bullpen mound Saturday, though manager Bruce Bochy said "it'll be close" when asked Friday whether the left-hander will be activated from the disabled list when he's eligible.
Bochy said that Affeldt, who can leave the disabled list as early as Tuesday, also must throw to hitters in a simulated game or live batting practice before the Giants can determine whether the reliever can rejoin the active roster.
Affeldt kept busy on Friday by playing catch at a 90-foot distance, throwing 20 pitches hard on flat ground and throwing 20 more simulated pitches off a bullpen mound with a towel in his hand for resistance.
Affeldt, who signed a three-year, $18 million contract extension in the offseason, has no record and a 5.79 ERA in six games.
Bochy likes new dimensions at his former ballpark
SAN DIEGO -- Bruce Bochy's ears still might be ringing from the last few years of his San Diego managerial tenure, when Padres hitters loudly complained about Petco Park's spacious outfield dimensions.
Even Bochy, who switched from San Diego to San Francisco after the 2006 season, agreed that the right-center-field expanse could have been diminished slightly. "It was frustrating for hitters," Bochy said Friday in an understatement.
Padres management finally complied this year by adding inner walls to shorten the outfield barriers at Petco Park, which opened in 2004. Bochy refused to say anything remotely sounding like, "It's about time."
Said Bochy, "It's fair. I like the look of it. It's a beautiful ballpark. I wouldn't change that."
The depth to left-center field shrank from 402 feet to 390. The barrier ranging from the right-field line to right-center field went from 402 feet to 391. Moreover, an 8-foot-high wall replaced the previous one of 11 feet.
The lengths down the lines, 336 feet and 322 feet, respectively, have not changed. The 396-foot distance to the straightaway center-field wall also has remained constant.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.