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Padres are getting healthy as season winds down

The Sports Xchange
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The Padres expect to have first baseman Jesus Guzman and second baseman Orlando Hudson back for the final six games of the season, although they aren't as certain about left fielder Kyle Blanks.

Guzman missed the team's three-game sweep in Colorado with a neck that was so stiff that he had to shuffle his feet to look over his shoulder.

The neck did improve Wednesday, and Guzman was scheduled to start, but he was scratched at the last minute.

"We expect he'll be ready to play Friday against the Dodgers," manager Bud Black said.

Ditto for Hudson, who missed Wednesday's game after being struck in the left eye by a strange hop after unsuccessfully diving for a ball in short center field Tuesday. He eye was puffy Wednesday, making Hudson look a bit like a boxer who hadn't dodged a right jab.

As for Blanks, the mild quad strain that forced him out in the first inning Tuesday and sidelined him again Wednesday is actually a two-week old injury that has worsened.

The Padres also expect right fielder Will Venable to be ready to play in the season's final six games. He has been out with a sore back.

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