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• Black said infielder Jonathan Galvez, who sustained a groin injury on Thursday, was doing better at last check. The team will still hold him out of drills for at least five more days before a determination is made whether he can rejoin the position players in drills. Galvez is expected to begin the year with Triple-A El Paso.

• The Padres are getting closer to their first game of spring on Thursday, their annual charity game against the Mariners at the Peoria Sports Complex -- the ballpark the teams share each spring. Black said the team will likely use six or seven pitchers in that game, and he has an idea who will throw that day. However, Black wasn't quite ready to give the reporters the list on Saturday.

• The Padres will play 28 games in Arizona before breaking camp after their March 26 game against the Royals. That's plenty of innings as far as Black is concerned, as the team, at this point, won't pursue any 'B' games to get position players and pitching additional innings.

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter.
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