The temperature is supposed to hover near 90 degrees today. Yesterday's humidity reached its highest point since we arrived.

It still beats an ice storm.


Reliever George Sherrill said his right hamstring is feeling better. He'll stretch and play catch today, but still no throwing until tomorrow at the earliest.

It's hard to believe that catcher Ben Davis turns 31 next month. He was drafted in 1995. I assumed he was older, but the Padres made him the second-overall pick out of Malvern (Pa.) Prep School, where he batted .507 with six homers and 37 RBIs as a senior.

Davis hasn't played in the majors since 2004, in part because of a fractured finger and Tommy John surgery. He's a really nice guy, one of the funniest in the clubhouse. And he's ripped.

There are some bad bodies here. I mean, really, really bad bodies, the kind that make you shield your eyes and vow to never touch another carbohydrate or sweet. But Davis needs a second locker to store all the muscle he's carrying.

If I get a flat tire, I'm sure Davis would lend a hand. And that's all he'd need to raise my rental car off the ground - one hand.

Mike Costanzo said he's getting more comfortable behind the plate now that he's caught a few simulated games.

For those of us who looked at his error totals at third base the last two seasons and winced - or made an audible sound that wouldn't have flattered him - we should take into account that he was primarily a first baseman and pitcher at Coastal Carolina. Costanzo said he played 10 games at third base in college, but he was drafted at that position. And now he considers himself a third baseman.

Having been a pitcher - he was 8-1 with 14 saves and a 2.13 ERA as a junior - Costanzo said he shouldn't be totally lost trying to call a game from behind the plate. Triple-A manager Gary Allenson, who's in camp as an instructor, said that will be one of Costanzo's biggest challenges, along with not flinching every time a batter swings at a pitch and not wanting to quit the first time  a foul tip smacks into his groin area.