Player News - Padres

Date: Team: Pos:

Padres sent RHP Zach Lee outright to Triple-A El Paso.

Lee cleared waivers after being designated for assignment on Monday. He's no longer on the Padres' 40-man roster.
Jun 22 - 4:33 PM

Jose Pirela went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two steals Wednesday as the Padres edged the Cubs 3-2.

Pirela, primarily an outfielder since his callup, was at second base today with Yangervis Solarte absent. Solarte is expected to go on the disabled list, at which point the Padres will decide whether to give Ryan Schimpf another chance or to stick with Pirela at what's probably a weaker spot for him (albeit a spot in which he has a great deal of minor league experience). Either way, Pirela should keep playing regularly.
Jun 21 - 6:38 PM

Brandon Maurer retired both batters he faced in a one-run game to earn his 13th save Wednesday against the Cubs.

Maurer has had two bad outings this month in which he gave up a total of six runs, but the Padres have stuck with him as a closer and it's worked out fine. He's converted each of his eight save chances over the last month, and while he did make things a bit more challenging when he gave up a two-run homer on Saturday, he hasn't been responsible for a loss since May 17.
Jun 21 - 6:34 PM

Erick Aybar hit his fifth homer and walked Wednesday against the Cubs.

From a WAR standpoint, Aybar has been more valuable as a mop-up man (1 1/3 scoreless innings in two appearances) than as a shortstop this year. Still, the Padres are content with him, since they don't have anyone else they want to turn to right now. While he has five homers, he's been good for just 11 RBI, 19 runs scored, a .218 average and a .289 OBP in 188 at-bats.
Jun 21 - 6:28 PM

Miguel Diaz left his start Wednesday against the Cubs with a right forearm strain.

Diaz departed the game in the bottom of the third inning, after allowing just one hit over 2 1/3 frames to open the game. The young right-hander is probably looking at an extended absence. He was making his third career major league start Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
Jun 21 - 3:41 PM

Austin Hedges (thigh) is out again Wednesday against the Cubs.

Hedges suffered a bad bruise on his right thigh in a nasty home-plate collision with Anthony Rizzo in the sixth inning of Monday's series opener. Hedges should be ready to go Friday against the Tigers, after a scheduled team off day Thursday. Luis Torrens is behind the plate and batting eighth Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
Jun 21 - 11:51 AM

Hector Sanchez (foot) went 4-for-5 with two home runs, a double, and four RBI on Tuesday night with Triple-A El Paso.

Sanchez had to be pulled off a rehab assignment in late May after suffering a setback with his right foot, but he started playing in games again on June 15 and is probably just about ready to rejoin the Padres -- though there might not be a spot for him. Luis Torrens is currently serving as the backup to starting catcher Austin Hedges.
Jun 21 - 11:17 AM

Manuel Margot (calf) went 2-for-4 with two RBI in his second rehab game Tuesday with Triple-A El Paso.

It looks like the 22-year-old outfielder will be good to rejoin the Padres by the end of this week. Margot has been on the disabled list since May 25 because of a right calf strain. He was batting .259/.305/.389 with four home runs and five stolen bases through 47 games with San Diego.
Jun 21 - 11:11 AM

Wil Myers went 0-for-1 and drew three walks as the Padres were shut out by the Cubs on Tuesday.

As a club the Padres tallied just five hits on the night and it seemed as though the Cubs' hurlers were simply pitching around Myers for most of the night. He's slashing .260/.330/.480 with 14 homers, 37 RBI and nine stolen bases on the season.
Jun 20 - 11:14 PM

Jhoulys Chacin pitched well in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, allowing two runs on five hits across six strong innings.

The right-hander punched out six on the evening while walking three. He surrendered a leadoff home run to Anthony Rizzo then kept the Cubs off the board save for an Addison Russell single in the fourth inning. The 29-year-old will carry a 4.95 ERA and 72/29 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's matchup against the Braves.
Jun 20 - 11:14 PM

Yangervis Solarte will be placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.

Solarte suffered the injury on a right-handed swing during pregame batting practice Tuesday and had to be scratched from the Padres' starting lineup, with Chase d'Arnaud filling in at second base. This injury comes with unfortunate timing for Solarte, who was batting .317/.394/.667 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 16 games this month. Ryan Schimpf or Carlos Asuaje will be called up to give the Friars much-needed infield depth.
Jun 20 - 11:12 PM

Yangervis Solarte was scratched from the Padres' lineup Tuesday due to a strained right oblique.

And the hot-hitting infielder is probably going to be placed on the 10-day disabled list. Chase d'Arnaud is now starting at second base Tuesday versus the Cubs.
Jun 20 - 8:23 PM

Padres manager Andy Green said Tuesday that Austin Hedges (thigh) will avoid the disabled list.

Hedges left Monday's series opener against the Cubs after bruising his right thigh on a nasty collision at home plate with Anthony Rizzo. Green said the 24-year-old catcher is "banged up" and won't start Tuesday but should be fine after a short period of rest.
Jun 20 - 4:02 PM

Jose Pirela launched a leadoff home run as the Padres fell to the Cubs on Monday.

Pirela got the game started with a bang, launching a Jon Lester offering over the wall in center field. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-4. Pirela has been a monster atop the Padres' lineup, slashing .354/.436/.625 with three homers and eight RBI since arriving in San Diego.
Jun 19 - 11:58 PM

Clayton Richard pitched well in a no-decision against the Cubs on Monday, allowing two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings of work.

Richard walked three and struck out three on the night. He had allowed only a sacrifice fly to Anthony Rizzo before surrendering a solo homer to Willson Contreras prior to departing in the seventh. Richard will look to continue improving upon his 4.20 ERA and 1.41 WHIP when he squares off against the Tigers on Sunday.
Jun 19 - 11:58 PM


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