PITTSBURGH -- The Padres injury front is improving, with a couple of players making progress. Rookie catcher rookie Yasmani Grandal and pitcher Tim Stauffer are both making strides with their rehab assignments.
Grandal has been working his way back from an oblique strain.
"Grandal hit on the field on Saturday and he came out of it OK," Padres manager Bud Black reported. "He hit both left- and right-handed. The right-handed swing was much more fluid, the left-handed a little guarded. We are going to continue to watch him, but he's getting better."
Right-hander Tim Stauffer (sprained right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 15, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He too is improving.
"Stauffer threw last night," Black offered. "He came out of it fine, threw three innings and he's going to throw again in five days. A regular four days of rest and pitch his next ballgame on four days' rest. We want to build his pitch count, but he came out of it fine."