Open spots remain on Padres' rotation, bullpen

PEORIA, Ariz. -- As it turns out, third baseman Chase Headley wasn't the only member of the Padres who returned to San Diego on Monday to see a hand specialist.

Reliever Nick Vincent, who hasn't appeared in a game since Feb. 28, received good news regarding the soreness he has had in his lower forearm, which he was told were inflamed tendons.

"It's good, we should be good to go starting tomorrow," Vincent said.

Vincent had an X-ray in Arizona earlier in the week that didn't show any significant damage to the area that has troubled him since his last appearance.

Vincent took Tuesday off but was expected to get back on a throwing program on Wednesday. But after missing so much time, he acknowledged that he's fallen far behind the rest of his teammates.

"I guess I'll have to start all over," he said.

Vincent, who had a 1.71 ERA in 27 games last season, would have likely been in the mix for a spot in the bullpen had he been healthy.

Wieland to play catch on mound next Monday

Top Prospects: Joe Wieland, RHP, Padres

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Pitcher Joe Wieland, who is recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery last year, will finally get to stand atop a mound on Monday.

"It's not going to be a bullpen and it's playing catch from 45 feet," Wieland said Tuesday. "It's not going to be that big of a deal; but at the same time it is."

Wieland, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last July, was recently moved to the 60-day disabled list to create room on the 40-man roster.

He's currently throwing at 150 feet and will have two more sessions from that length before getting on a mound for the first time since May 6, his last start with the Padres before he began to experience discomfort in the elbow.

In terms of his rehabilitation, Wieland couldn't be happier with his progress.

"I think it's gone as planned if not better," said Wieland, who was 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA in five starts. "I've had no pain, nothing that's even questionable. I feel great, feel strong."

Wieland has no doubt that he'll pitch in a game this season, even if it's September.

"The training staff has been great. They're keeping me on the right track," he said. "So as long as I keep listening to them, I should be ready to go."

Black: Focus for Volquez will be command

NED@DOM: Volquez pitches well, strikes out five

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres manager Bud Black was asked Tuesday morning if he watched Edinson Volquez pitch Monday for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Black nodded.

He was then asked what he thought of Volquez's command in the first inning of what became a 4-1 win over the Netherlands in the semifinals when Volquez walked the first two batters he faced, which led to the only run of the game.

"He has that in him," Black said.

Black saw similar performances from Volquez a year ago when he walked 105 in 182 2/3 innings in his first season with the Padres.

Volquez, who last pitched for the Padres on March 2 before leaving for the Classic, will rejoin his team Wednesday, when he'll continue to work closely with pitching coach Darren Balsley on his command.

"That's going to be a focal point for Darren, Volky and us," Black said.

Volquez is considered a strong candidate to pitch Opening Day against the Mets on April 1 at Citi Field.

Worth noting

• Left fielder Carlos Quentin, slowed recently by a sore right knee, got 12 plate appearances over the last two days in Minor League games. He wasn't initially scheduled to play Tuesday, though Padres manager Bud Black said that could change. There's still no timetable as to when Quentin will play in a Cactus League game.

• Padres Minor League outfielder Anthony Renteria, the son of bench coach Rick Renteria, was in uniform for Tuesday's game against the D-backs. Renteria, drafted in the 39th round in 2012, was one of several players pulled over from Minor League camp to appear as an extra if the team needs it. Renteria hit .269 in 17 games last season for the Padres entry in the Arizona League.

• The Padres made a Minor League trade on Tuesday, sending Minor League infielder Jose Dore to the Cubs for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Dore, an eighth-round Draft pick in 2010, hit .222 in his first three seasons in the Padres system. Also, the Padres released left-handed pitcher Jeremy Gould. Gould spent last season pitching in the Mets organization.