Short hops

Short hops

• Manager Bud Black announced after Monday night's game that rookie Casey Kelly, who tossed six scoreless innings in his Major League debut, will get another start in turn Sunday in Colorado.

• Lefty specialist Joe Thatcher threw a successful simulated game Monday and will head to Class A Lake Elsinore to throw an inning on a rehab assignment Wednesday. Thatcher says he expects to be activated from the disabled list during or prior to the team's weekend series in Colorado. The 30-year-old has been on the DL retroactive to July 26 with right knee tendinitis.

• The Padres expect to make a decision in the next week regarding starter Jason Marquis, who suffered a fractured left wrist after being hit with a line drive Aug. 21. Marquis is currently in a cast, and Black said doctors are being very cautious with the veteran, who wants to pitch again this season.

According to Black, with the return of hurlers Anthony Bass and Andrew Cashner from the disabled list, San Diego does not have to rush the 34-year-old back, particularly as he is at risk to further injure the wrist if he comes back too soon.