Player News - Padres

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Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 and hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the eighth to help the Padres beat the Dodgers 5-1 on Friday.

It has to be particularly sweet for him when Kemp leads the Padres past his former team. His tiebreaking homer came off Chris Hatcher tonight, and the Padres went on to add an insurance run in the ninth. Kemp has seven homers and 18 RBI in 22 games.
Apr 30 - 1:36 AM

Cesar Vargas tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings versus the Dodgers in a no-decision Friday.

Vargas allowed four hits, walked three and struck out six. He figured to be a stopgap in the Padres' rotation when he was called up last week, but with two strong outings against quality offenses (he allowed one run over five innings against the Cardinals in his debut), he figures to get a chance to stick around. He's not recommended outside of NL-only leagues.
Apr 30 - 1:34 AM

Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's loss to the Giants.

Myers connected for a three-run homer off Giants reliever Steven Okert in the seventh to draw the Padres to within 13-8. That score would stand as the final. The homer was Myers' fifth of April. He comes away from the game slashing a healthy .303/.333/.506 in 89 at-bats.
Apr 27 - 7:13 PM

Andrew Cashner pitched poorly in Wednesday's 13-9 loss to the Giants, surrendering six runs (three earned) on four hits over 2 2/3 innings.

Cashner struck out just two while walking four in what was generally a sloppy start to watch. The Giants wasted little time in putting up runs on Cashner's line, turning in a three-spot in the first inning and another three-spot in the third. The latter would knock Cashner out of the contest. With a 4.94 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 21/10 K/BB ratio across five starts (21 innings), he's made for an inconsistent fantasy option. The 29-year-old right-hander will play host to the Rockies in his next scheduled start.
Apr 27 - 7:08 PM

Robbie Erlin (elbow) is being backed off his rehab.

It's not clear if he's had a big setback. The hope is he can resume throwing this weekend in Los Angeles. Erlin was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 21 with a left elbow strain and has no clear timetable for returning to the Padres' active roster. It could be a while.
Apr 27 - 2:44 PM

Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a double in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

Ramirez was the only Padre with more than one hit against Giants starter Johnny Cueto, who tossed a complete game shutout. Among Ramirez's two hits, a double, his second two-bagger of the season. While he is slashing an uninspiring .250/.293/.303, he does have five hits in his last three games. Still, there is little fantasy upside here.
Apr 27 - 1:24 AM

James Shields took the tough luck loss in Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Giants, allowing one run on three hits over seven innings.

In just about any other match-up, Shields' effort would have been more than enough for a win. Unfortunately, he was facing off with Johnny Cueto, who one-upped him by tossing a complete game shutout. The only run to score in the game came when Denard Span hit an RBI double off Shields in the fifth. The veteran might hold an 0-4 record, but he has pitched to a respectable 3.55 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 21/13 K/BB ratio across 33 innings. He will attempt to scoop up his first victory when he tangos with the Rockies in his next scheduled start.
Apr 27 - 1:13 AM

Yangervis Solarte (hamstring) has begun running on an anti-gravity treadmill.

It's a nice first step for the San Diego third baseman, who's been on the 15-day disabled list since April 10 with a right hamstring strain. Solarte is already eligible for activation, but it's going to be probably another two weeks before he is back to playing in games for the Padres. He'll likely require a minor league rehab assignment.
Apr 26 - 10:57 PM

Cory Spangenberg (quad) has begun running on an anti-gravity treadmill.

Spangenberg landed on the disabled list on April 20 with a left quad strain. It seems to be on the minor side of the severity scale, but the second baseman is still probably two weeks away from returning to action for the Padres. Jemile Weeks has been the primary fill-in at second base in San Diego.
Apr 26 - 10:54 PM

Austin Hedges needs surgery for a hamate fracture in his hand and is likely to miss 6-8 weeks.

It's rough news for Hedges, who had a huge spring and was off to an excellent start this season at Triple-A El Paso. He'll be on the shelf until at least mid-June.
Apr 26 - 8:40 PM

Padres purchased the contract of LHP Michael Kirkman from Triple-A El Paso.

Kirkman will join the Padres' bullpen on Tuesday. The left-hander is obviously not fantasy-relevant.
Apr 26 - 6:52 PM

Padres optioned INF Jose Pirela to Triple-A El Paso.

Pirela was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts in his short stay with the big club. He's a .252/.271/.369 career hitter in 108 plate appearances at the major league level.
Apr 26 - 6:50 PM

Padres designated RHP Cory Mazzoni for assignment.

Mazzoni was one of the first cuts from Padres camp this spring and he struggled in two appearances at Triple-A El Paso. The 26-year-old could draw interest on waivers.
Apr 26 - 6:49 PM

Drew Pomeranz fell to 2-2 after allowing four runs -- three earned -- in 4 1/3 innings Monday against the Giants.

There's no shame in getting beat by the Giants offense with the way it's played this year, but Pomeranz made it a little too easy for Buster Posey and company with the three walks and two wild pitches he allowed. He still has a 2.86 ERA for the moment.
Apr 26 - 2:12 AM

Cesar Vargas will start Friday against the Dodgers.

Vargas was great in his major league debut on Saturday against the Cardinals, allowing just one run over five-plus innings of work. The Padres are dealing with multiple injuries in their rotation right now, but he's deserving of the opportunity.
Apr 25 - 9:15 PM


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