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Black sees health, pitching as Padres' keys

PEORIA, Ariz. -- So far, so good, as far as health goes for the Padres' pitchers, which was anything but the case a year ago, when 11 pitchers landed on the disabled list.

The first workout of camp went by without incident, though the same was the case a year ago. Really, the Padres' injury problems didn't start until the team broke camp.

On Wednesday morning, manager Bud Black addressed the team in a meeting before the workout and stressed the importance of pitching.

"We've got to pitch better," Black said. "Teams that are successful and have good seasons pitch well."

Of course, injuries occasionally occur, and the Padres had their fair share of them in 2012. Not only did those 11 players land on the DL -- Huston Street and Tim Stauffer had two stints each -- but they combined to miss 1,013 games.

How did the Padres handle that? They had to go outside the organization for arms, and they ultimately covered 51 starts with pitchers who weren't on the 40-man roster when Spring Training began.

"Last year, we saw what can happen when you're not healthy," Black said.