SAN DIEGO -- Cubs manager Mike Quade was happy with catcher Steve Clevenger's performance in his Major League debut on Monday night. So was Clevenger.
"It was a dream come true," Clevenger said.
Clevenger started against the Padres, part of Quade's "kids' day" movement to give the young players on the roster a start.
When Geovany Soto and Koyie Hill haven't been catching, Clevenger was listening to tips to prepare him for Monday's game.
"They've done a good job with him," Quade said before the game. "He's a bright kid. He's been in all the meetings and he understands [Monday's starter] Casey [Coleman] as well as anybody. Maybe we'll give him a little bit of help, but I'd like to see between the two of them what they've learned from the meetings and how they put it into play."
Clevenger spent most of the season at Double-A Tennessee, where he batted .295 with 27 doubles, three triples, five homers and 39 RBIs. He went 0-for-3, but handled the position well.
"That's a kid who, a few years ago, there were questions about his catching ability," Quade said of Clevenger, drafted as a shortstop but converted to a catcher.
Ramirez may return on Tuesday
SAN DIEGO -- Third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who took batting practice on Monday, may be back in the Cubs' lineup on Tuesday for the second game of the series against the Padres.
Ramirez has missed four games because of a strained right quad. He told Cubs manager Mike Quade he could pinch-hit on Sunday in the series finale against the Cardinals.
"He said he thought he could do it," Quade said. "He's still [moving gingerly]. I'm not asking him to break the record sprint to first base."
Ramirez, who ranks seventh in the National League with a .307 batting average, and has 25 homers and 92 RBIs, told Quade he wanted to see how he felt when he got to PETCO Park on Tuesday and determine then whether he'll be able to start.
Quade gives Pena a shot at 30 homers
SAN DIEGO -- Monday was "kids' day," which meant Cubs manager Mike Quade started three of the September callups. But veteran Carlos Pena was still in the lineup.
"I'd love to give him a chance to get to 30 [homers], and they have a right-handed pitcher [going in Monday's game]," Quade said of the Padres, who started Mat Latos in the series opener.
Pena, 33, entered the game with 28 homers and 80 RBIs. He hit 28 home runs last season with the Rays, and has three seasons of at least 30 -- hitting 46 in 2007, 31 in '08, and 39 in '09.
"I'm real happy with what Carlos has done here, in a variety of ways," Quade said. "Thirty home runs is 30 home runs, and I wanted to give him a shot. I hope he gets them soon. This is a tough park to get them in, too."
Plus, Pena hasn't asked for a breather, not with three games to go.
"He wants nothing to do with a day off," Quade said. "He wants to win baseball games. I'm sure he'd like the opportunity to get to 30, if he could."
If he does homer, it'll be his first in San Diego. This series marks Pena's first trip to PETCO Park.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.