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It was an interesting day in sunny center field for Herrera, the Milwaukee utility man.

In the first inning, he made a diving lunge for Nady’s flyball and had it bounce off his glove as a run scored. In the fourth, he made a long run but dived and missed what became an inside-the-park homer for Noel.

“It was a tough play and I think I have a chance to get it,” said Herrera, who landed on his chest, chin and nose and stayed down as Noel ran. “It was a ball in the gap and even if I don’t try that, the ball is going to so in the gap no matter what. I tried.”

The third time, Herrera made a diving grab of Quentin’s sinking liner to end the inning. Then he was repaid in the sixth when Noel lost his line drive in the sun and he was credited with a triple.

“At least I’m hitting,” he said with a weak smile.


The Padres claimed outfielder Alex Castellanos off waivers from the Texas Rangers.

Castellanos appeared in 27 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the past two seasons, hitting a combined .171 (7 for 41) with a double, triple and two home runs. He batted .257 with 19 home runs, 61 RBIs and 19 stolen bases with Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes last year.

Castellanos was 3 for 9 this spring before being designated for assignment by the Rangers on Thursday.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Padres placed left-hander Cory Luebke on the 60-day disabled list. Luebke underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on Feb. 18.


Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez will make his debut on Saturday against the Kansas City Royals. Ramirez, who underwent surgery in January to remove a non-cancerous polyp from his colon, ran the bases full speed on Friday morning, passing the final test from manager Ron Roenicke.

Ramirez said he feels like he has plenty of time to ease into things and still get ready for the Mach 31 season opener.

“I’m going to have to take it easy earlier,” he said. “I’m going to have to play at least three, four in a row (heading into the season). I can’t do that right now.

“We’ve still got, what, 20-plus games counting the two exhibition games at home? I should be good,” he added.