Gwynn Jr. joins Padres broadcast team

Gwynn Jr. joins Padres broadcast team

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Tony Gwynn Jr. is coming home.

The Padres unveiled their 2017 broadcast team Tuesday, and the former outfielder will serve as an analyst for select games on both TV and radio. He will also provide pregame and postgame analysis on FOX Sports San Diego.

The son of legendary Padre Tony Gwynn, Gwynn Jr. played two seasons with the Friars in 2009 and '10. Most recently, he worked as a postgame host on radio for the Dodgers.

Along with Gwynn, former pitcher Bob Scanlan joins the FOX broadcast team as sideline reporter. Scanlan previously served as color analyst on Padres radio.

On TV, Don Orsillo and Mark Grant remain with FOX Sports San Diego. Tuesday's Cactus League telecast marked Orsillo's first since taking over for recently retired Dick Enberg as the club's primary play-by-play man.

Ted Leitner and Jesse Agler will continue to call games on the radio with new Padres affiliate FM 94.9. Eduardo Ortega (in his 31st season) and Carlos Hernandez comprise the Spanish-language team.

Weaver progressing toward first start

Jered Weaver is slated to face Padres hitters one more time before he makes his Cactus League debut -- possibly as early as Sunday against Cleveland.

The veteran right-hander got off to a bit of a late start this spring after signing with the Padres on Feb. 18. He threw his first live batting-practice session Tuesday.

"I'm trying to get that lankiness back in me," Weaver said. "It was good to get back out there. I was excited to do it, but had to try to stay within myself. It was definitely a step in the right direction."

Weaver on Padres role

Weaver struggled for much of 2016, but finished strong with a 3.04 ERA over his final four starts. Manager Andy Green attributed that late-season success to a freer delivery.

Weaver concurred. Late in his career, the 34-year-old says he has entirely changed his approach to stretching and agility.

"A lot of years of bad maintenance on my body, everything kind of got restricted," Weaver said. "I've gotten more aware of my body these days. As you get older, you get a little wear and tear. I'm paying attention more to flexibility. ... All that twist and torque on my body has taken its toll. If I can break that down, it's starting to make my whole body feel better."

News and notes

Ryan Schimpf returned to Padres camp Tuesday after his wife gave birth to their son, Reed. He took part in live batting practice and will likely make his Cactus League debut later this week.

• The Padres have held relievers Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer and Brad Hand back this spring -- a response to their heavy workloads last season. All three faced live hitters Monday and will get into a game "March 5 at the latest," Green said.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.