Wells to start Sunday

Wells to start Sunday

Wells to start Sunday
HOUSTON -- Padres manager Bud Black will give 35-year-old Kip Wells his second start on Sunday at Colorado. Ross Ohlendorf, who started Monday's game against the Astros and threw 91 pitches, will move to the bullpen for the time being.

Ohlendorf was available for relief duty on Thursday, but Black said he hoped not to use Ohlendorf on two days' rest.

"That gives us a true long man," Black said. "A guy capable of throwing 50, 60 pitches in a relief role."

In his start on Tuesday, Wells went five innings, giving up five runs (two earned), striking out two and walking two. The right-hander threw 100 pitches, 60 for strikes, in his first Major League appearance since 2009.

"Better than I expected? No," Black said. "I have confidence in guys that are athletic and have the will to keep playing."

Black will continue to evaluate the Padres' makeshift rotation and adopt changes when necessary. San Diego has used 13 starting pitchers in its first 77 games.

Both Wells and Ohlendorf have experience in the bullpen. Wells has made 77 career appearances as a reliever, posting a 4.16 ERA in 119 innings. Ohlendorf has thrown 51 2/3 innings in 33 appearances out of the 'pen. His ERA as a reliever is 5.75.

Ohlendorf has come out of the bullpen twice in 2012, throwing 5 1/3 innings with a 3.38 ERA.