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• Lefty specialist Joe Thatcher, who has been on the disabled list retroactive to July 26 with right knee tendinitis, will throw a bullpen session Wednesday as the next step in his return. Thatcher says the knee is "getting better" and that he hopes to be back in the next week and a half.

The 30-year-old has been with the team throughout his rehab, playing catch and working with the Padres' athletic training staff. He says getting the strength back in his right quad has been the focus, with an aim at stabilizing the knee to avoid future recurrences of the issue.

• Infielder James Darnell will travel to the Padres' facility in Peoria, Ariz., this week to further his baseball activities as he tries to return from a subluxation of his left shoulder that has kept him on the DL since May 18. Darnell began swinging off a tee and with soft toss this week in San Diego and says he hopes to return before the end of the season.

• Lefty specialist Joe Thatcher, who has been on the disabled list retroactive to July 26 with right knee tendinitis, will throw a bullpen session Wednesday as the next step in his return. Thatcher says the knee is "getting better" and that he hopes to be back in the next week and a half.

The 30-year-old has been with the team throughout his rehab, playing catch and working with the Padres' athletic training staff. He says getting the strength back in his right quad has been the focus, with an aim at stabilizing the knee to avoid future recurrences of the issue.

• Infielder James Darnell will travel to the Padres' facility in Peoria, Ariz., this week to further his baseball activities as he tries to return from a subluxation of his left shoulder that has kept him on the DL since May 18. Darnell began swinging off a tee and with soft toss this week in San Diego and says he hopes to return before the end of the season.