ATLANTA -- Princeton head baseball coach Scott Bradley said earlier this week that he makes a point of watching the Padres game -- either live or taped -- to check in on his former pupil, Padres right fielder Will Venable.
You can bet Bradley will pay special attention to Friday's game against the Braves, not just because of Venable's place in the lineup, but the pitcher he'll be facing -- Braves rookie David Hale, who will make his Major League debut.
"You don't see that happen every day," said Padres manager Bud Black. "You just don't see a whole lot of Ivy League matchups."
Oddly enough, Venable -- who is hitting leadoff -- will be the first Major League batter that Hale faces.
It's believed that in the last 70-80 years, the only other time two Princeton alums have faced each other is when Venable faced former Padres teammate Ross Ohlendorf, when he was with the Pirates.
The Padres certainly have some Princeton history. Aside from Venable, former pitcher Chris Young won 33 games for the team from 2006-10.
One of manager Bud Black's former teammates in Kansas City was pitcher Bob Tufts, who also attended Princeton.
Right foot injury continues to frustrate Forsythe
ATLANTA -- Infielder Logan Forsythe missed the first 64 games on the disabled list, time he hoped would be well-spent allowing the plantar fasciitis in his right foot to heal.
But after missing a month in a protective boot and working slowly though rehabilitation, Forsythe said Friday the planter fasciitis has returned, frustrating him to no end.
Forsythe came off the bench on Friday and knocked in the go-ahead run with a pinch-hit single as the Padres came back for a 4-3 victory over the Braves at Turner Field.
"It felt fine for a while, but it's been back now for a little while," Forsythe said. "We're trying to find a way to help it. But the only way to really do that is to take time off."
Forsythe has only appeared in six of the team's first 10 games this month and has 10 at-bats due to the injury, one that has him at a loss for what to do next.
"It's a rare case that it comes back," Forsythe said. "The doctors are still trying to figure out what's going on."
Forsythe suffered a torn plantar fasciitis in a Spring Training game during the final week of March, which landed him on the 15-day disabled list and later the 60-day DL to make sure he got enough time off for the injury to heal. Initially, he felt good, too. But now the pain is back.
"I've got to knock this out, I can't take it to another Spring Training," Forsythe said. "... I want to have a healthy year. The biggest priority right now is to make sure the foot is 100 percent going into Spring Training."
Forsythe has given thought to playing this winter to get some at-bats, but he's nearly certain now that won't happen as he's looking at a prolonged period where he will rest his foot. Surgery, he said, is an option, though with that procedure, there's no guarantee it will permanently heal his foot.
"[Winter ball] was definitely a consideration," Forsythe said.
Forsythe is hitting .213 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 207 at-bats. He's played second base, third base, shortstop and even the outfield this season.
The Arizona Fall League and the Padres announced that right-handed pitchers Johnny Barbato, Adys Portillo, Keyvius Sampson and Burch Smith will compete for the Peoria Javelinas beginning October 8.
Those four pitchers join catcher Austin Hedges and infielders Tommy Medica and Cory Spangenberg. Tim Worrell, who has just completed his third season as the Peoria Padres pitching coach, will serve in the same capacity this fall for Peoria.
The Javelinas will play their home games at Surprise Stadium due to ongoing renovations at the complex in Peoria, which will be ready for the start of Spring Training in 2014.