Sez Bill (03/15): Less interesting edition

-“Maybin has been bothered by a lower back pain this spring. Seems to be more nagging than anything serious.”

-The Padres liked Kelly and Rizzo equally. And no one is calling Rizzo an All-Star yet.

-Peterson has looked better than Spangenberg this spring and has a better shot at short than Spang has at second behind Gyorko, Forsythe and Amarista.

-“Kelly’s injury seems to date back to last season, it is not something that specifically happened this year.”

-The Padres changed conditioning coaches over the winter.

-“(Quentin’s) knee is an issue and it was discussed for the first time today his availabilty for Opening Day could be in question if this continues.”

-“The protocol for rehab and the return time is different for pitchers and position players. Denorfia said it took him more than a season to get his swing back following elbow reconstruction surgery.”

-Garcia improved his chances of winning a spot in his last outing.

-Readers are really pounding Bill for not calling the Rizzo/Cashner trade a win for the Cubs and he keeps saying that we’ll know more as the year goes on.

-Blanks won’t start the year on the Padres’ bench. He’ll either be in Tucson or in left filling in for Quentin.

-“I know the Padres still aren’t happy with Grandal. It’s largely up to Hundley. He has to regain his hitting form of 2011 while staying healthy. He hasn’t really stayed healthy for a full season.”

-If Quentin is not available for Opening Day, Bill sees Blanks getting the call in left.

-Adding another starting pitchers has not been discussed recently.

-The Padres are looking to Cashner and Bass to make up for the loss of Kelly.

-Bill thinks Bass’ place is in the bullpen.

-It’s easier for owners to invest if there is a reasonable expectation of return.

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