Sore knee continues to bother Thatcher

Sore knee continues to bother Thatcher

Sore knee continues to bother Thatcher
MIAMI -- Left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher remains day to day with soreness in his right knee, Padres manager Bud Black said Saturday.

Thatcher was unavailable out of the bullpen during Friday's series opener against the Marlins, and his status was unchanged Saturday. Black said Thatcher was going to "move around a little bit" during pregame drills before the team reevaluated the knee.

"We're keeping an eye on that," Black said. "He feels a little better [Saturday]."

Thatcher has dealt with soreness in his right knee before, and he told Black that there's a little bit more pain this time around. Despite that, Black remains hopeful that the southpaw will be available to avoid a stint on the disabled list.

"Joe's got a little bit of a knee issue," Black said. "It tweaked him a bit the other day, but hopefully he will respond to treatment quickly. We'll see where this goes."

With Thatcher again unavailable Saturday, the Padres only have two lefties in the bullpen -- Alex Hinshaw and Eric Stults.