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Abraham Almonte went 4-for-5 with a double, run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's setback against the Dodgers.

Almonte was spectacular at the dish, but an adventure on the base paths, as he was caught stealing and later thrown out to end the game. Fortunately, the latter two mistakes won't be counted in the vast majority of formats. He's almost unowned across formats, and that needs to change. The 25-year-old -- Seattle's Opening Day center fielder and leadoff hitter -- is slashing .361/.368/.528 since coming over in the Chris Denorfia deal. As long as he's hot and playing every day, Almonte should be started in NL-only formats.
Aug 20 - 1:55 AM

Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's 8-6 loss against the Dodgers.

Gyorko crushed a Kevin Correia pitch 413 feet over the center field wall in the first inning to plate Abraham Almonte and Seth Smith and give San Diego an early 3-0 lead. He didn't reach again until a ninth inning single off Kenley Jansen. That hit momentarily made the affair very interesting, but Almonte was thrown out after rounding third to end the game. Gyorko remains hot since returning from the disabled list (plantar fasciitis) in late July, going 24-for-77 (.312) with four homers, five doubles and 20 RBI.
Aug 20 - 1:50 AM

Ian Kennedy was blasted for six runs (five earned) over five innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday night.

The Dodgers didn't take Kennedy out of the yard, but they were quite content to make the evening miserable on him within the confines of Dodger Stadium. Chief amongst those hitting the balls on the screws were Matt Kemp and Justin Turner, each of whom doubled twice. You could be forgiven for not having seen this stinker coming: Kennedy came into the game 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA over his last eight starts. We do know, however, that the right-hander hates facing Los Angeles, having gone 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA in his previous six outings against them. While you're advised to avoid him in any matchup across from the Dodgers, Kennedy is a useful fantasy hurler against most everybody else. He will take a 3.72 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 168/54 K/BB ratio into this weekend's start in Arizona.
Aug 20 - 1:41 AM

Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will rejoin the Padres' rotation this weekend in Arizona.

Cashner made his second and final rehab start on Monday, allowing three runs over five innings. He only got his pitch count up to 63, so he doesn't figure to last terribly long this weekend. Fantasy owners might be wise to hold off on activating him immediately even though he's held a 2.36 ERA over 12 starts when healthy.
Aug 19 - 11:01 PM

Padres designated INF Brooks Conrad for assignment.

Conrad was already in the minors, but now he's off the 40-man roster. The veteran infielder can declare free agency assuming he clears waivers.
Aug 19 - 6:37 PM

Padres purchased the contract of LHP Frank Garces from Double-A San Antonio.

Garces has thrived in a move to the bullpen this season, putting up a 2.07 ERA while striking out 73 over 61 innings at San Antonio. The 24-year-old will be making his major league debut when he gets into a game.
Aug 19 - 6:36 PM

Padres optioned RHP Jesse Hahn to Double-A San Antonio.

Hahn has already thrown a career-high 110 1/3 innings this season, and with his injury history that Padres are beginning the process of tapering off his workload. He will return next month but whether it's as a starter or reliever hasn't been determined. Hahn has had a terrific rookie campaign, posting a 2.96 ERA over 12 starts.
Aug 19 - 6:34 PM

Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Andrew Cashner (shoulder) could return from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.

Cashner allowed three runs over five innings Monday with Triple-A El Paso in his third minor league rehab start. He's only been stretched out to 63 pitches so far, so he could be a bit limited if the Padres decide to bring him back this weekend. The 27-year-old has been sidelined since June 23 with right shoulder soreness, but he could provide a nice boost to fantasy owners down the stretch.
Aug 19 - 1:06 PM

Padres activated LHP Robbie Erlin from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A El Paso.

Erlin is finally recovered from his lingering left elbow injury but will get some more time on the farm before the Padres consider returning him to their rotation. He hasn't pitched in a major league game since May.
Aug 18 - 3:41 PM

Odrisamer Despaigne gave up five earned runs in four innings Sunday in a loss to the Cardinals.

The Cardinals weren't fooled at all buy Despaigne's sometimes-deceptive stuff, pounding him for five singles and a home run. The right-hander has been really good at times this year, but he's a risky fantasy bet going forward. A date with the Diamondbacks is next.
Aug 17 - 5:14 PM

Yonder Alonso will miss the rest of the season after tests revealed damage to the tendon in his right forearm.

He'll undergo a second opinion, but it's possible Alonso will need surgery. Alonso has regressed in each of his seasons with the Padres and will end the 2014 campaign with a .240/.285/.397 batting line. He's also failed to play in 100 games each of the last two years due to injury. Tommy Medica and Jake Goebbert will share first base for the remainder of the season for the Padres.
Aug 17 - 12:24 PM

Joaquin Benoit will not be available Sunday due to what Padres manager Bud Black referred to as a "cranky" shoulder.

The good news is that the club expects Benoit to be fine after Monday's off day. However, Kevin Quackenbush should be stashed just in case, as he's been the team's main setup man of late. Dale Thayer also has some closing experience and is a worthy add.
Aug 17 - 12:20 PM

Jesse Hahn is approaching his innings limit but is not expected to be shut down completely.

Hahn has pitched a career-high 110 1/3 innings this season. The Padres aren't revealing what his exact innings cap is, but it sounds like he won't be totally shut down. "In that past, we’ve skipped guys; we’ve pushed them back," manager Bud Black said. "For me, I think it’s good to keep a guy active, whether it’s in the bullpen or pitching in spots, but this time of year, I don’t know whether a complete shutdown is good. I think you have to keep players mentally engaged."
Aug 17 - 10:12 AM

Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBI in Saturday's 9-5 defeat of the Cardinals.

St. Louis jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, but the Padres answered back with four runs in the top of the third (with the help of a Gyorko RBI single). Gyorko then slugged a grand slam in the seventh inning off Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist, just before a lengthy rain delay. Gyorko has been on fire since returning from a bad case of plantar fasciitis and looks poised to finish the 2014 season on a positive binge.
Aug 17 - 12:40 AM

Jesse Hahn yielded five earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision versus the Cardinals.

St. Louis pushed across four runs in the bottom of the second inning with a barrage of doubles and then one more in the fifth inning on a Matt Adams triple. But the San Diego offense went off for nine runs against Shelby Miller and the St. Louis bullpen. Hahn has pitched extremely well this season, but he may be running low on energy with his innings limit approaching. The 25-year-old could be shut down by the end of August.
Aug 17 - 12:36 AM


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