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Austin Hedges | Catcher | #18

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (0) / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Austin Hedges (elbow) hit a three-run homer in his second rehab game Tuesday with Triple-A El Paso.
It would appear that Hedges will be ready to return to the Padres' active roster this weekend. He's been on the shelf since May 1 because of tendinitis in his right elbow. Raffy Lopez and A.J. Ellis are currently sharing time at catcher for San Diego. May 23 - 11:21 AM

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Austin Hedges (elbow) went through a workout on the field Monday.

Hedges caught pop-ups, played long-toss and took batting practice. He should be cleared for a rehab assignment later this week. Hedges has been out since late April with tendinitis in his right elbow.
May 14 - 5:48 PM

Austin Hedges (elbow) will resume taking swings on Friday.

Hedges received good news from his MRI and is progressing nicely in a return to the field. In order to manage his pain, he'll revert to the one-handed finish to his swing that he used at the end of last season. Barring any setbacks, he should return to the lineup before the end of the month.
May 11 - 6:40 PM

Austin Hedges (elbow) resumed throwing on Tuesday.

"I also ran, did block and receiving drills," Hedges said. "I’ll play catch [Wednesday] and as long as that goes well I’ll probably get cleared to hit soon ... It felt good today." The 25-year-old catcher has been on the disabled list since May 1 because of tendinitis in his right elbow. There was talk of him undergoing an MRI if the discomfort persisted, but it's apparently not needed now.
May 8 - 8:31 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Austin Hedges could undergo an MRI on his injured elbow if he doesn't see any improvement in the next 7-to-10 days.

Hedges hit the disabled list earlier this week and it sounds like he's looking at a bit longer than the minimum 10-day stint there. A.J. Ellis and Rafael Lopez will share the load behind the plate while Hedges is on the shelf.
May 5 - 9:26 AM

Padres placed C Austin Hedges on the 10-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow.

Hedges left Monday's series opener against the Giants after experiencing discomfort in his throwing elbow. He probably underwent some tests on Tuesday, but the severity of the issue remains unclear. Rafael Lopez has been called up from Triple-A El Paso in a corresponding 25-man roster move.
May 1 - 6:22 PM

Austin Hedges departed Monday's game versus the Giants with right elbow tendinitis.

It's unclear whether it's something Hedges first felt Monday or if he's dealt with it for a while. The Padres could offer more on his status after the game.
May 1 - 12:47 AM

Austin Hedges finished Saturday's 12-2 rout of the Mets with a double, two singles and a career-high five RBI across three at-bats.

In typical Hedges fashion, he had himself a day but still managed to strike out at least once. Despite the big evening he is still slashing just .176/.237/.297. The five RBI doubled up his season total to 10. He is worth a look in deeper NL-only fantasy leagues for his power potential, but just be ready to withstand a poor batting average.
Apr 29 - 2:48 AM

Austin Hedges went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in a victory over the Rockies on Monday night.

Hedges came into the game with atrocious numbers, and even with the three hits his average is only "up" to .179. He's an excellent defender behind the plate and he's added some power to his game, but he just doesn't get on enough to trust as a fantasy starter in most formats.
Apr 9 - 11:40 PM

Austin Hedges (back) has been scratched from the Padres' lineup Tuesday against the Rockies.

His back is apparently still an issue, as this will be Hedges' second straight missed game. A.J. Ellis will start at catcher and hit eighth Tuesday night against Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland.
Apr 3 - 6:55 PM

Austin Hedges (back) is in the Padres' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Rockies.

Hedges was scratched from the lineup Monday due to upper back tightness, but it clearly isn't anything too serious. He will start at catcher and bat eighth versus Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland.
Apr 3 - 6:44 PM

Austin Hedges was scratched from the Padres' lineup Monday against the Rockies due to upper back tightness.

A.J. Ellis will start at catcher for San Diego and bat eighth. Hedges, who has started the season 1-for-11 with a solo homer, is considered day-to-day.
Apr 2 - 8:02 PM

Austin Hedges finished 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs scored in Friday's 8-6 loss against the Brewers.

Hedges went back-to-back with Cory Spangenberg off of former Padres hurler Jhoulys Chacin, who served up eight homers in 100 1/3 innings at Petco Park last season. It was a nice bounce-back game after he took the golden sombrero in the opener. The current franchise mark for a San Diego backstop is 22 homers set by Hall of Famer Mike Piazza during the 2006 season, a mark Hedges could threaten in 2018. As a fantasy owner, just be ready for plenty of strikeouts, too.
Mar 31 - 4:20 AM

Austin Hedges left Thursday's Cactus League game against the Indians after taking a pitch off his left calf.

Andrew Miller struck him with a pitch in the seventh inning. Manager Andy Green expects Hedges to be fine. He shouldn't miss more than a game or two.
Mar 22 - 7:19 PM

Austin Hedges continued his hot start to the spring on Friday against the Royals by going 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, and three runs scored.

Hedges is 5-for-8 so far this spring, with four of his hits leaving the yard. We know the 25-year-old has power. He socked 18 homers in 417 plate appearances last year. However, he hit just .214 with a .262 on-base percentage and will need to improve his approach to be a trusted option in standard mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 2 - 9:17 PM

Depth Charts

C1Austin Hedges
2A.J. Ellis
3Rafael Lopez
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Jose Pirela
SS1Freddy Galvis
2Allen Cordoba
3B1Christian Villanueva
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Franchy Cordero
2Hunter Renfroe
3Alex Dickerson
CF1Manuel Margot
2Matt Szczur
RF1Wil Myers
2Travis Jankowski
3Franmil Reyes
Starting Pitcher
S1Clayton Richard
2Tyson Ross
3Joey Lucchesi
4Eric Lauer
5Jordan Lyles
6Colin Rea
7Dinelson Lamet
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Hand
2Kirby Yates
3Craig Stammen
4Matt Strahm
5Robbie Erlin
6Adam Cimber
7Bryan Mitchell
8Jose Torres
9Phil Maton
10Kazuhisa Makita