Short hops

• San Diego pitcher Clayton Richard, on the disabled list with an intestinal virus, will pitch on Thursday for the Padres' Triple-A affiliate, the Tucson Padres, in a game in Des Moines, Iowa. Richard is expected to throw between 75-90 pitches and feature new mechanics that have him pitching from a higher arm slot. He had a simulated game Saturday in St. Petersburg with good results.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.