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Kelly set to make first start for Padres

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--RHP Casey Kelly, 22, will likely make his major league debut Monday when the Padres return to Petco Park to play the St. Louis Cardinals next week. Kelly, who was acquired along with Anthony Rizzo from Boston in the 2010 trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox, missed most of this season with an elbow strain. But he is 0-1 with a 3.78 earned run average in three rehab starts with Double-A San Antonio and will likely take the spot of the injured RHP Jason Marquis in the Padres rotation. Kelly threw 83 pitches Tuesday night for the Missions, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings. That was the same night that Marquis faced the Pirates. Kelly had a 2.25 ERA over 12 innings in two starts in April for Triple-A Tucson when he suffered the elbow strain.

--RHP Jason Marquis wants to pitch again this season if the pain and swelling in his left hand permits. Marquis went on the 15-day disabled list Thursday after suffering a fracture to the trapezium bone at the base of his left thumb. He was in a cast that was almost to his elbow Friday night in the clubhouse at Chase Field. Marquis has been told it will take four to six weeks for the fracture to heal. "I can throw right now," said Marquis. "But I need someone to catch the ball for me when it comes back from the catcher. Let's see what happens when the swelling goes down."

--3B Chase Headley gave the Padres a scare Friday night when he went to the ground after Arizona leadoff hitter Chris Young hit a sharp one-hopper that caught the third baseman flush on the inside of his left forearm as he attempted a leaping catch. Headley was in obvious pain but stayed in the game following a visit by manager Bud Black and Padres assistant trainer Paul Navarro.

--RHPs Anthony Bass and Andrew Cashner could make two more rehab starts for Triple-A Tucson before the Pacific Coast League season ends on Sept. 3. Bass had a strikeout in two perfect innings for Tucson Thursday night. He threw 22 pitches, eight fewer than Cashner threw in his two-inning rehab assignment with Tucson on Tuesday.

--LHP Josh Spence was recalled from Tucson on Friday when RHP Dale Thayer went on paternity leave. Thayer's wife gave birth to the couple's third daughter at 3 a.m. Friday. The baby weighed five pounds and 11 ounces. Spence hadn't been with the Padres since May 13.

$1,000 -- The total of the signing bonuses given LHPs Andrew Werner and Tommy Layne. Werner was the winning pitcher and Layne got the save. Their total time in the major leagues when they combined on their first major league win and first major league save: 10 days (Layne 9, Werner 1).

"Only time will tell. If I am able to pitch, I will. If it makes no sense, I won't." -- RHP Jason Marquis on his hopes of pitching again for the Padres before the season ends despite a broken bone at the base of his thumb on his glove hand.

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