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Tommy Medica | First Baseman

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 203
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tommy Medica went 1-for-3 with a steal in Thursday's win against the Phillies.
It was his fifth steal of the season. The first baseman went 4-for-8 in this series with a pair of steals after entering it mired in a brutal 3-for-53 (.057) slump over his previous 28 contests. Medica's struggles down the stretch have rendered his odds of making next season's Opening Day roster not a sure thing. He's slashing .233/.286/.401 through 97 games. Sep 19 - 12:45 AM

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Tommy Medica (head) doubled as a pinch-hitter on Sunday afternoon against the Pirates.

Medica was held out of the starting lineup as a precautionary measure after taking a pitch off his helmet Saturday. He apparently passed his concussion tests. The 26-year-old has flashed promise this season at the major league level, posting an .806 OPS in 69 games.
Aug 11 - 8:15 AM

Tommy Medica (head) has passed concussion tests.

Medica left Saturday's game against the Pirates after being hit by a pitch in the helmet, but he apparently has managed to avoid a concussion. He won't play Sunday but is considered day-to-day.
Aug 10 - 10:58 AM

Tommy Medica left Saturday's game against the Pirates after being hit by a pitch in the helmet.

Medica got struck in the eighth inning. He was 0-for-2 with a run scored before exiting the game. Medica was flashing a smile soon after the beaning, but he'll likely be run through multiple concussion tests.
Aug 9 - 9:28 PM

Tommy Medica went 5-for-5 with two homers, four RBI and four runs scored as the Padres blasted the Braves 10-1 on Friday.

Medica had plenty of time to impress while Yadier Alonso was out and did nothing with it, hitting .217/.265/.261 with no homers in July. As a result, expectations were that Alonso would go back to starting against righties after coming off the DL this week, with Medica merely filling in against lefties. They can play both at the same times on occasion, but putting Medica in the outfield isn't ideal. It'll be interesting to see if the huge game gets Medica a start against Ervin Santana on Saturday or if the Padres simply stick to the plan.
Aug 2 - 1:35 AM

Tommy Medica went 4-for-5 with an RBI single in Friday's win over the Braves.

The four hits were a career-high. Medica has seven hits over the past two days, but he could move back into a reserve role with Yonder Alonso (wrist) nearing the end of a minor league rehab assignment.
Jul 25 - 11:11 PM

Tommy Medica went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the Padres' 8-3 defeat of the Cubs on Wednesday.

It's just the sixth time this year the Padres have scored as many as eight runs. Medica's big game came in his first start since July 8, as he's been limited to pinch-hitting duties of late by a groin injury. He hadn't driven in a run since June 28, and he was just 2-for-25 this month.
Jul 24 - 1:20 AM

Tommy Medica (groin) came off the bench for the Padres on Friday, grounding out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.

It was the first game action for Medica since July 10, as he's been slowed be soreness in his right groin. Expect him to return to the starting lineup at some point over the weekend.
Jul 19 - 6:20 AM

Tommy Medica is not in the Padres starting lineup on Friday, and is unlikely to be available the remainder of the weekend due to continued rightness in his right groin.

The Padres remain hopeful that he'll avoid a trip to the disabled list, so they'll play with a short bench for the weekend series against the Dodgers. Medica is hitting .230/.275/.410 with four homers and 13 RBI in his 122 at-bats on the season.
Jul 11 - 8:40 PM

Tommy Medica left Thursday's game against the Dodgers with right groin tightness.

It's not clear how long he might be sidelined, but the Padres should provide more on Medica's status after the game. Rene Rivera replaced Medica at first base Thursday.
Jul 10 - 11:12 PM

Tommy Medica went 1-for-2 with a walk, steal and a run scored in Monday's 1-0 win against the Reds.

Medica has hit safely in 10 out of his last 11 games. Here's the strange part: In all 10 of those contests, he had exactly one hit. Indeed, Medica hasn't posted a multi-hit game since May 28. The first baseman is floating along with a decent .263/.308/.475 slash line through 99 at-bats, which makes him the equivalent of Frank Thomas in this pathetic offense.
Jul 1 - 1:04 AM

Tommy Medica clubbed a pinch-hit solo homer in Tuesday's win over San Francisco.

Medica subbed in for Jake Goebbert and took Javier Lopez deep to give San Diego an insurance run they didn't need in a 7-2 triumph. The first baseman is working his way towards NL-only relevancy, improving his slash line to .261/.301/.500 with four homers through 88 at-bats. He's riding a seven-game hitting streak and has an extra-base hit in three straight.
Jun 25 - 1:30 AM

Tommy Medica had a two-run double in Monday's 6-0 win against San Francisco.

It was Medica's only hit in four at-bats, and he's now finished with exactly one hit in six straight games. Medica helped hasten Kyle Blanks' departure out of San Diego, but the 26-year-old remains relegated to NL-only formats with a .253/.293/.460 slash line and three homers over his first 39 games.
Jun 24 - 1:16 AM

Tommy Medica (quad) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his return to action Wednesday.

Medica had been limited to pinch-hitting duties since Sunday because of a minor quadriceps strain. The 26-year-old has a cool .844 OPS in 24 games this season.
Jun 5 - 8:33 AM

Tommy Medica (quad) struck out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Pirates.

Medica left Sunday's game with a strained right quad, so it's a good sign that he was able to pinch hit. He's considered day-to-day.
Jun 3 - 4:46 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Rene Rivera
3Adam Moore
1B1Tommy Medica
2Yonder Alonso
2B1Jedd Gyorko
SS1Everth Cabrera
2Alexi Amarista
3Ryan Jackson
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Carlos Quentin
2Rymer Liriano
CF1Will Venable
2Cameron Maybin
3Abraham Almonte
RF1Seth Smith
2Jake Goebbert
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Andrew Cashner
2Ian Kennedy
3Tyson Ross
4Eric Stults
5Odrisamer Despaigne
6Joe Wieland
7Casey Kelly
8Josh Johnson
9Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joaquin Benoit
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Dale Thayer
4Nick Vincent
5Alex Torres
6Tim Stauffer
7Blaine Boyer
8Jesse Hahn
9Robbie Erlin
10Leonel Campos
11Frank Garces
12R.J. Alvarez