PEORIA, Ariz. -- Left-handed reliever Alex Torres is finally poised to debut at Padres Spring Training.
San Diego general manager Josh Byrnes confirmed Tuesday morning that Torres was to fly Tuesday from his native Venezuela to Phoenix, where he'll report to the team's facility 12 days after the rest of the pitchers and catchers.
Torres' arrival in camp comes two days before the the Padres face the Mariners at the Peoria Sports Complex in their Cactus League opener. The delay in his arrival stemmed from Torres needing a new visa because his employer changed last month when he was traded from the Rays to the Padres as part of a seven-player deal.
San Diego manager Bud Black had said previously that the delay in Torres' arrival shouldn't affect how soon he could be ready to pitch in games, mostly because he's a relief pitcher and has pitched this winter in Venezuela.
The Padres envision Torres as someone who can pitch in high-leverage situations late in games and not just against left-handed batters.
Padres announce spring broadcast schedule
PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres announced their broadcast lineup for Spring Training on Tuesday, a schedule that will include 29 games available either by television, radio or audio webcast.
The Padres will have 10 games shown on FOX Sports San Diego -- March 6, 8, 9, 13-14, 18, 20-21 and also the final two exhibition games of the spring, March 28-29 against the Indians at the University of San Diego.
The Padres' radio affiliate, The Mighty 1090, will broadcast 15 games on either 1090 AM or ESPN Radio 1700.
The team will also make audio webcasts available for any game that is not broadcast on FOX Sports San Diego or The Mighty 1090/ESPN 1700. The live audio stream will be available for free on Padres.com, beginning with Thursday's game against the Mariners.
To gain access to the free live audio stream, fans will be required to log in to their free account on Padres.com.
MLB Network will show nine Padres games this spring -- March 3, 6, 8, 12, 15, 19, 20, 24 and 29.
• Bench coach Dave Roberts took the team's outfielders over to the Peoria Sports Complex on Tuesday morning to work on drills that involved the wall. Those drills, Black said, are much easier to pull off in the stadium as opposed to the practice fields, which are lined by chain link fences.
• Black confirmed the pitchers who will appear in Thursday's game against the Mariners. Veteran left-hander Eric Stults will start and throw one inning. Other pitchers include Tony Sipp, Anthony Carter, Patrick Schuster, Blaine Boyer, Donn Roach and Kevin Quackenbush.
Andrew Cashner, a candidate to start Opening Day, gets the nod on Friday against the Mariners and is scheduled to throw two innings.
• Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations, was at the Padres' facility on Tuesday to meet with eight Cactus League teams about the implementation of the new replay rules and the new rule on home-plate collisions. Torre met with field staff as well as front-office personnel. He's previously been in Florida to talk to teams and spoke to seven teams in Arizona on Monday.
"At some places, there's been more questions than others," Torre said. "This is the biggest group we have had. Yesterday was one of the quicker meetings, which means either they understood, or we explained it better or a little of each.
"It's been well-received, I think. It [replay rule] took us a long time. I never realized how complicated that it would be. We spent a lot of hours, maybe 1,000 hours. There's a lot of complicated stuff. This meeting today is basically a 'what-if' meeting."
How would Joe Torre the former Yankees manager have liked the replay rules?
"I wouldn't have liked it in '96 when we had someone reached out of the right field stands and catch a home run ball," said Torre, noting the infamous Jeffrey Maier game in the ALCS.