Notes: Young's start pushed back a day

Notes: Young's start pushed back a day

SAN DIEGO -- Manager Bud Black said on Thursday that nothing has changed regarding pitcher Chris Young's decision to appeal a five-game suspension for his role in a June 16 altercation with Derrek Lee at Wrigley Field.

But what has changed is San Diego's starting rotation for the upcoming three-game series against Boston as Young will now go Saturday against the Red Sox instead of Friday.

There's a common thread in these two events, as Young likely won't have to miss a start even if his five-game suspension isn't dropped or reduced because he was pushed back a day in the rotation.

Following his start Saturday, Young won't pitch again until June 29 against the Dodgers and then July 4 against the Marlins. He would then miss the final four games before the All-Star break and the Padres' first game back after the All-Star break on July 13.

"I guess you could look at it that way," Black said. "One might write that if they want."

The return of Kouz: The Padres had a rookie at third base on Thursday and, for once, it wasn't Chase Headley.

Kevin Kouzmanoff, who suffered a lower back strain on June 14 against the Devil Rays in St. Petersburg, was in the starting lineup against the Orioles after missing five games.

"It's been a slow, steady progression but it's gotten better and better each day," he said. "I feel great. I'm ready to go."

Kouzmanoff has been working closely with the training staff since he suffered the injury chasing a changeup low in the strike zone from Devil Rays starter J.P. Howell.

Kouzmanoff has a history with back issues, though this isn't believed to be an extension of the injury he suffered in 2005, when he appeared in only 68 games after slipping down the dugout stairs in the Arizona Fall League while chasing a foul ball.

"I met with Hutch [Todd Hutchseon] and Paul [Navarro], our trainers, and they gave me another [stretching program]. I'm going to remain faithful to it and stay strong," Kouzmanoff said.

Kouzmanoff entered Thursday's game with a .227 average. He was 4-for-9 in the Devil Rays series before injuring his back.

Catching on: Newly-acquired catcher Michael Barrett -- who started behind the plate Thursday -- has, well, some catching up to do as he acclimates himself with a new pitching staff.

But Black doesn't expect this to be much of an issue. After all, Barrett caught Greg Maddux before in Chicago and Jake Peavy during the World Baseball Classic last spring.

"There's a two-week window where Mike will learn a lot about our guys," Black said. "Then it will be smooth sailing. From what I've heard, he's a quick study."

Barrett, who didn't play in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles, essentially hunkered down with pitching coach Darren Balsley and bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds to go over the pitching staff.

Future Padres shine in Omaha: Two players who were recently selected by San Diego in the First-Year Player Draft -- Oregon State catcher Mitch Canham and University of North Carolina pitcher Robert Woodard -- each had big days Wednesday at the College World Series in Omaha.

Woodard (11-2) tossed six innings to get the victory against Rice, which forced a second game against the Owls on Thursday to see which team advances to play Oregon State in the best-of-three series for the national championship.

Woodard was selected in the 20th round by the Padres.

Canham, who was the 57th overall pick in the Draft, hit a two-run home run against Cal Irvine to put the Beavers back in the best-of-three series for the second time in as many years. The Beavers won their first national championship in baseball last season.

Friar notes: Outfielder Brian Giles took batting practice before Thursday's game and hit several balls into the right-field seats. He will likely join one of the Padres Minor League affiliates in the next week on a rehabilitation assignment to get his timing back at the plate and to test the bone bruise in his right knee in a competitive situation. Black said on Thursday that the Padres are "still a ways away" from making a decision on when Giles will leave and where he'll go. ... Headley wasn't in the lineup Thursday with the return of Kouzmanoff. Even though he has two hits in 16 at-bats, Headley has done enough to impress Black. "He seemed at ease in this big-league environment," Black said. He also indicated that Headley will head back to the Minor Leagues once Kouzmanoff is set. Headley won't likely return to Double-A San Antonio where he was hitting .357 with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs in 62 games. He will likely be sent to Triple-A Portland. ... Approximately 1,000 individual game tickets for this weekend's series against the Red Sox will go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. PT. Tickets will only be available at A majority of the tickets are for Sunday's 1:05 p.m. game. ... The Red Sox have announced their rotation for the series: Daisuke Matsuzaka will go Friday, Tim Wakefield on Saturday and Josh Beckett in the series finale on Sunday. ... Portland infielder Craig Stansberry was picked Thursday to play for the World team in the XM All-Star Futures Game on July 8 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Stansberry is a native of Saudi Arabia.

On deck: The Padres open a three-game series at 7:05 p.m. PT on Friday against the Boston Red Sox at PETCO Park. Greg Maddux (6-3, 3.90 ERA) will start for the Padres. He'll be opposed by Daisuke Matsuzaka (8-5, 4.18 ERA).

Corey Brock is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.