Padres manager Bud Black confirmed Sunday that Burch Smith could be a candidate to begin the season in the bullpen.
The Padres have decided not to have Burch Smith pitch in the Arizona Fall League this offseason.
Burch Smith surrendered six runs and three homers in 5 2/3 innings versus the Giants on Friday.
Burch Smith pitched six innings of two-run ball Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.
Burch Smith struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings to earn his first big league victory on Sunday over the Braves.
Burch Smith allowed two runs in five innings and struck out seven Rockies on Friday.
Burch Smith is expected to start on Friday against the Rockies.
Padres recalled RHP Burch Smith from Triple-A Tucson.
Padres optioned RHP Burch Smith to Triple-A Tucson.
Burch Smith lasted just one-plus innings Wednesday and gave up four runs in a loss to the Cardinals.