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Padres purchased the contract of INF Erick Aybar from Triple-A El Paso.

Aybar has been officially added to the 40-man roster and will be the Opening Day shortstop. The 30-year-old fell off the map last year while batting .243/.303/.320 in 126 games between the Braves and Tigers, but he should have some value in NL-only formats as long as he keeps a starting job.
Mar 28 - 1:01 PM

Jhoulys Chacin will start Opening Day for the Padres.

Well, that is something. The Padres could have one of the worst rotations we've seen in a long time, so Chacin is the best option on the board. He'll be followed by Clayton Richard and Jered Weaver. The Padres have yet to make a final decision beyond that, but we will likely see plenty of names shuffled in and out all year.
Mar 28 - 12:45 PM

Jabari Blash socked his seventh homer of the spring in Monday’s 12-2 victory over the Mariners.

Wil Myers, Ryan Schimpf, and Luis Sardinas also went deep for San Diego. Only Bryce Harper (eight) has hit more home runs than Blash this spring. Greg Bird of the Yankees and Peter O’Brien, who was sent down by the Royals on Monday, have also hit seven. With Alex Dickerson (back) sidelined, Blash should see at least part-time at-bats in left field to begin the season.
Mar 27 - 8:56 PM

Wil Myers stayed hot on Monday by slugging a two-run homer against the Mariners.

It was his third homer of the spring. While the Padres could be the worst team in the majors this year, Myers appears primed for another big season. He's hitting .385/.492/.692 with three homers and three steals over 20 games during Cactus League action. He’s aiming for a 40-40 season, but fantasy owners would be thrilled with anything close to that.
Mar 27 - 8:55 PM

Carter Capps (elbow) struggled in his Cactus League debut Monday against the Mariners, retiring just one batter while giving up one run on two hits and two walks.

Capps threw just 10 out of his 23 pitches for strikes. He walked in a run before being pulled from the game. Capps has the potential to be an impact late-inning arm for San Diego this season, but he might need some more seasoning as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Mar 27 - 8:54 PM

Colin Rea (elbow) is scheduled to begin playing catch on Opening Day.

Rea was initially aiming to start a throwing program in early March, but the Padres backed him off that plan for precautionary reasons. The right-hander is working his way back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will miss the entire 2017 season.
Mar 27 - 11:43 AM

Jabari Blash finished 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and four RBI in the Padres' 9-4 win over a Cubs split-squad on Sunday.

Blash singled and scored in the first inning, led off the third inning with a ground-rule double, and then slugged a grand slam in the top of the fourth off Cubs prospect Jonathan Martinez. Blash boasts a 1.056 OPS with six home runs and 17 RBI in 23 games this spring. He's played his way into a share of the left field job in San Diego.
Mar 26 - 7:22 PM

Trevor Cahill struck out eight batters over five innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Cubs.

Chicago plated a pair of (unearned) runs in the bottom of the third on a Jeimer Candelario single and a Munenori Kawasaki groundout, after Matt Szczur reached base on a fielding error by Ryan Schimpf. Cahill gave up just two total hits over his five frames, though he did walk four. The right-hander is expected to open the 2017 season in the Padres' starting rotation after posting a 2.74 ERA in one start and 49 relief appearances last year for the Cubs.
Mar 26 - 6:12 PM

Carter Capps (elbow) is expected to make his Cactus League debut Monday against the Mariners.

Capps has pitched in minor league games but this will be his first go-round against big-leaguers. The right-hander is on the comeback trail after undergoing Tommy John surgery last spring. Capps will be a valuable late-inning arm for the Padres when he's at full strength.
Mar 25 - 10:17 PM

Cory Spangenberg contributed three hits Saturday in the Padres’ Cactus League loss to the Giants.

The Padres somehow lost this game despite building a 7-1 lead after three innings. Spangenberg drilled a solo homer off Chris Stratton and also added a pair of singles. The 26-year-old has been locked in all spring, slashing .349/.391/.535 over 42 Cactus League at-bats. He’s slated to back up Ryan Schimpf at second base this season.
Mar 25 - 10:00 PM

Clayton Richard yielded eight hits and five runs (three earned) over six innings Saturday in the Padres’ Cactus League loss to the Giants.

He fanned two and walked one. Richard had things mostly under control in the early going before letting up four runs over his last two frames. Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford combined for three hits off the left-hander including a pair of home runs. Richard hasn’t done much to instill confidence this spring, contributing a sluggish 7.36 ERA over five starts.
Mar 25 - 9:59 PM

Collin Cowgill (rib) is back in the lineup for Saturday's Cactus League game against the Giants.

Cowgill is back after sitting out two weeks with tightness in his left rib cage. A non-roster invitee, Cowgill is hoping to crack the Opening Day roster as the Padres' fourth outfielder.
Mar 25 - 5:34 PM

Padres manager Andy Green said Friday that Luis Sardinas is now competing for a utility role on the club's Opening Day roster.

He entered spring training as the likely starting shortstop, but has been surpassed by veteran Erick Aybar. He entered Friday's game as a defensive replacement in the outfield where he'll continue to flash his versatility over the final week-plus of spring play.
Mar 24 - 8:20 PM

Erick Aybar is expected to be named as the Padres' starting shortstop.

Padres' manager Andy Green said Friday that his primary competition for the position, Luis Sardinas, is now attempting to make the club in a utility role. He also heaped praise on Aybar, ""Erick has been outstanding, in my opinion.. He’s got some leadership qualities that we don’t necessarily have in the position-player corps, nice attributes to add to the team." Despite his poor 2016 campaign this will give Aybar fantasy value in NL-only formats and deep mixed leagues.
Mar 24 - 8:17 PM

Jhoulys Chacin allowed two runs (one earned) over 4 1/3 innings Friday against the Rangers.

Both runs scored in his final inning of work. Chacin gave up four hits and walked four while striking out six batters, so he was at 91 pitches when he got pulled. After finishing strong with the Angels last season, Chacin increasingly looks like the frontrunner to start Opening Day for the Padres. It’s going to be a long year in San Diego.
Mar 24 - 7:17 PM


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