Padres pregame: Bob Melvin unavailable again as lineup tweaked for Cubs opener

The Padres will be without their manager for a second time this homestand as ongoing gastrointestinal issues will sideline Bob Melvin on Monday. Although Melvin was at Petco Park, bench coach Ryan Christenson filled in for Melvin during pregame availability, just as he did Thursday.

Melvin could miss more than one game this time.

COVID-19 has been ruled out.

“Bob’s feeling OK, just not feeling great,” Christensen said Monday afternoon. “So he’s going to just take it easy tonight.”

Monday’s lineup features a few new wrinkles as the Padres look to get more than Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer going.

Shortstop Ha-seong Kim will drop into the five-hole after going 0-for-10 with two walks and three strikeouts in the two-hole.

Instead, Jurickson Profar will bat second as he looks to rediscover his stroke. He is 3-for-37 (.081/.209/.108) since hitting his fifth home run on April 27, then a team high.

“Just switch it up a little bit,” Christensen said. “We have some flexibility there between (Jake Cronenworth) and Machado, and Manny and Hos have both been great this year. So we’re trying to find a little flow, a little something just to kind of get a little spark to get the rest of the guys going and continue to pitch the ball, continue to play great defense and run the bases the way we have .

“We’re doing a lot of faces of the game very well right now. So we get the offense clicking as a unit, we could be really feeling good about what we’re doing.”

Jorge Alfaro will bat sixth and catch after Sunday’s walk-off blast and Austin Nola will serve as the DH in the eight-hole, splitting up center fielder Trent Grisham and right fielder Jose Azocar.

Azocar is starting his second straight game. He is hitting .208/.321/.250 through his first 28 plate appearances.

Here is the Cubs’ lineup:

Monday’s pitching matchup

Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-3, 5.64 ERA)

The 32-year-old veteran has just one quality start in six trips to the mound this season and has allowed 10 runs over his last 10 innings. Hendricks is 7-2 with a 3.00 ERA, 65 strikeouts and an 0.96 WHIP in 11 career starts (69 IP) against the Padres. He allowed three runs in six innings in a win last year vs. San Diego.

Here is how Hendricks has fared in his career against the Padres:

The Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks’ vs. current Padres

(Sanders, Jeffrey)

Padres LHP MacKenzie Gore (2-0, 1.71 ERA)

The 23-year-old has thrown at least five innings while allowing two or fewer runs in each of his first four starts in the majors. He has 22 strikesouts against nine walks and has allowed just one homer in 21 innings.

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