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• Pitcher Eric Stults, projected to be the No. 5 starter, will pitch in a Minor League game on Wednesday, as the Padres get their first and only day off of the spring. The game will be played on the Minor League fields in Peoria at 1 p.m. PT.

• While outfielder Alex Dickerson (severe left ankle sprain) is out indefinitely, reliever Blaine Boyer, who was hit in the left foot with a line drive on Sunday, told Black that he wants to pitch again -- and very soon. "He wants to pitch ... he wants to make the team," Black said of Boyer, a non-roster invitee.

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.