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• Triple-A Tucson catcher Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-4 with a double, walk and strikeout Monday in an 11-8 loss to Iowa. Grandal is now 3-for-9 in three games during the 10 games he's eligible to play in the Minor Leagues while still serving his 50-game suspension for testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone. He's eligible to join the Padres on May 28 when the team is in Seattle.

• Outfielder Cameron Maybin, who has been the disabled list since April 17 with an impingement of his right wrist, hit in the cage and on the field before Monday's game against the Cardinals. He will do the same on Tuesday and Wednesday. If his wrist feels fine, he'll likely begin a Minor League rehab stint Friday with one of the Padres' affiliates. Manager Bud Black said he would like to see Maybin get around 30 at-bats.

• Pitcher Casey Kelly, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on April 2, said Monday he is happy that he no longer has to wear the balky brace on his right arm to stabilize his elbow. "I don't look like the bionic man anymore," Kelly said. Kelly is doing range-of-motion exercises and exercises to strength his shoulder. He also started lower-body exercises to get a workout since he's been limited the last six weeks. "It's awesome," Kelly said. "I don't have to sit around just waiting to heal."

• Kalian Sams, an outfielder with Double-A San Antonio, was named the Texas League Player of the Week for the week of May 13-19. Sams, 26, hit .308 with five doubles, three home runs and nine RBIs for the Missions. Sams, who signed with the Padres on May 4 after previously playing in Seattle's Minor League system, had 13 extra-base hits -- six doubles and seven home runs -- in his first 14 hits.

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