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Padres purchased the contract of C Austin Hedges from Triple-A El Paso.

Hedges carries a tremendous defensive reputation and was off to a promising start offensively this season at Triple-A, but he's a .256/.316/.390 career hitter in the minors. The 22-year-old probably won't carry much fantasy value in his first taste of the major league level. Derek Norris remains the primary backstop in San Diego.
May 4 - 3:25 PM

Padres designated C Wil Nieves for assignment.

The move clears a roster spot for prospect Austin Hedges, who is joining the Padres on Monday night. Nieves drew just four starts in his month-long stay with San Diego. The 37-year-old is a .241/.280/.317 career hitter in 1,260 major league plate appearances.
May 4 - 3:22 PM

Joaquin Benoit (arm) threw a scoreless inning in his return to action Sunday against the Rockies.

So much for that dead arm. Benoit hadn't appeared in a game since last Monday due to fatigue and there was talk this weekend that he might have to spend some time on the disabled list, but he looked plenty sharp on Sunday afternoon in earning his fifth hold of the season. The 37-year-old setup man should be a full-go moving forward.
May 4 - 10:00 AM

Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the Padres are expected to recall Austin Hedges from Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

Brock notes that Hedges will join the team in San Francisco in time for Monday's series opener. Widely regarded as one of the top defensive catching prospects in all of baseball, it's unclear how much action Hedges will see with the Padres. The 22-year-old was hitting .343/.413/.552 with two homers and 15 RBI in 20 games at El Paso.
May 3 - 11:05 PM

Justin Upton swatted his seventh home run of the season and drove home three, powering the Padres to an 8-6 victory over the Rockies on Sunday.

Upton's two-run blast off Kyle Kendrick got the Padres on the board in the first inning and they'd pile on from there. He would later add a run-scoring double in the fifth inning, finishing the day 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. He's off to a terrific start to his Padres career, slashing .301/.340/.602 with seven long balls and 21 RBI.
May 3 - 7:44 PM

James Shields served up three home runs against the Rockies on Sunday and still wound up with a victory despite allowing five runs on nine hits over his 5 1/3 innings.

Shields punched out seven on the afternoon and didn't issue a free pass. Charlie Blackmon got him for a solo homer in the first inning and Nolan Arenado would add a pair of long balls before his day was through. Even with the rough outing, "Big Game" James has acclimated himself nicely to the Padres, registering a 3.72 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 48/9 K/BB ratio across 36 1/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Diamondbacks next in Arizona on Friday.
May 3 - 7:43 PM

Padres prospect Colin Rea put on a clinic Saturday for Double-A San Antonio, allowing just one hit over eight scoreless frames.

Rea fanned a career-high 12 hitters en route to his first win of 2015. The 6'5" workhorse has gone at least 6 2/3 innings in each of his five starts. Rea has been missing bats his whole career, holding opponents to a .188 average in 417 minor league innings. His minuscule 0.75 WHIP is good for fourth-best in the Texas League.
Source: MILB.com
May 3 - 4:52 PM

Padres manager Bud Black said Sunday that it's possible Joaquin Benoit (arm) could go on the disabled list.

Benoit is going through a "dead arm" phase. His status remains day-to-day and even hour-to-hour, as it's possible he could be available as soon as Sunday but also possible he'll be shut down for a couple weeks.
May 3 - 2:36 PM

Will Middlebrooks is absent from the Padres' lineup Sunday.

It looks like just a day of rest. Yangervis Solarte is at third base in Middlebrooks' place, while Cory Spangenberg is at second.
May 3 - 1:26 PM

Craig Kimbrel tossed a perfect ninth inning Saturday in the Padres' defeat of the Rockies.

Kimbrel struck out two of the three batters he faced, throwing 11 of his 14 pitches for strikes. He's now 7-for-7 in save opportunities with San Diego and should remain a top tier fantasy closer all season.
May 3 - 1:00 AM

Brandon Morrow held the Rockies to two earned runs over six innings Saturday in a Padres victory.

Morrow gave up seven hits, but he only issued a single walk and fanned four. The right-hander is now 2-0 with an excellent 2.73 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 23/7 K/BB ratio in 33 innings this season for the Padres. He's been a great offseason pickup for San Diego and will try to keep it all rolling next week at Arizona's Chase Field.
May 3 - 12:57 AM

Shawn Kelley (calf) will move his rehab assignment to Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

He'll pitch Monday and Wednesday and could be activated as soon as Thursday. Kelley began his rehab on Friday, striking out two with one walk in a scoreless inning for High-A Lake Elsinore. With Joaquin Benoit struggling with dead arm, Kelley's return to the Padres' bullpen couldn't come at a better time.
May 2 - 7:54 PM

Padres manager Bud Black said Joaquin Benoit is battling dead arm.

That would explain why he hasn't pitched since Monday. Benoit hasn't been all that effective this season (4.09 ERA in 12 appearances) and no longer carries fantasy value with Craig Kimbrel first in line for saves. Dale Thayer will serve as the Padres' setup man while Benoit is out of commission.
May 2 - 6:39 PM

Yangervis Solarte drove in four of the Padres' 14 runs Friday in a win over the Rockies.

The Padres should have picked Solarte as their second baseman on the All-Star ballot, but they gave the nod to Jedd Gyorko, even though Solarte has taken over as the starter against righties. He's been one of the Padres' best players, with a .328 average, 16 RBI and 5/6 K/BB ratio in 61 at-bats.
May 2 - 2:41 AM

Ian Kennedy won for the first time this season after limiting the Rockies to two runs in six innings Friday.

Kennedy struck out six and walked two. Both runs scored on solo homers, bringing his total to five homers allowed in his last two starts. However, since he's just returning from a strained hamstring, we won't worry overly much about that.
May 2 - 2:38 AM


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