Player News - Padres

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James Shields picked up his first win of the year after allowing one run in six innings Monday against the Rockies.

Shields gave up nine hits, but once Nick Hundley's RBI double in the fourth went for extra bases. He walked two and struck out five. Shields has a solid 3.23 ERA after five starts, though he still doesn't look like a great bet in mixed leagues going forward.
May 3 - 1:23 AM

Derek Norris finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Rockies on Monday.

Norris is hitting .145 with 25 strikeouts and just four walks through 83 at-bats. He should rebound and serve as a decent option in two-catcher mixed leagues, but it's been ugly so far.
May 3 - 1:18 AM

Robbie Erlin (elbow) underwent an MRI on Monday.

Erlin landed on the disabled list late last month with a left elbow strain and recently had a setback. The results of the MRI aren't yet known, but he's obviously not close to returning.
May 2 - 7:18 PM

Padres recalled INF/OF Alex Dickerson from Triple-A El Paso.

Dickerson was off to a hot start in Triple-A and will provide some depth between the outfield and first base. The 25-year-old appeared in 11 games with the Padres last season.
May 2 - 6:11 PM

Padres designated LHP Michael Kirkman for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Alex Dickerson on the active roster. Kirkman was called up last week and allowed four runs on six hits over 1 1/3 innings in his lone appearance.
May 2 - 6:09 PM

Robbie Erlin (elbow) will not play catch Sunday as hoped.

Erlin had a setback with his elbow last week and isn't ready to throw yet. He'll be re-evaluated early this week, at which point more should be known about his potential timetable.
May 1 - 2:29 PM

Robbie Erlin (elbow) could play catch on Sunday.

Erlin was shut down last week after feeling some soreness in his elbow. He's not close to a return, and with Cesar Vargas pitching well the Padres can afford to take their time with the left-hander.
May 1 - 10:48 AM

Fernando Rodney picked up his fourth save of the year in a 5-2 win over the Dodgers, working around a two-out walk to maintain his perfect 2016 campaign.

Rodney hasn't surrendered an earned run in 8 1/3 innings this year. That's not to say he's been perfect, of course, as he's scattered six hits and four walks, but the 39-year-old is once again shooting arrows into the sky with regularity. It would be nice if the Padres would present him with more save opportunities, though.
May 1 - 1:08 AM

Wil Myers enjoyed a big day at the plate in Saturday's win over the Dodgers, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, an RBI and a stolen base.

Many hoped that a permanent defensive home at first base would allow his hitting talent to finally shine through. After Saturday's banner performance, he's now batting .302/.343/.510 with five doubles, five homers and three stolen bases. His .375 BABIP suggests some regression is in the future; however, he owns a career .322 BABIP, which means any expected drop-off may not be as steep as we'd otherwise assume. He has been a top-five fantasy first baseman and finally appears to be fulfilling his top-prospect pedigree at 25 years old.
May 1 - 12:58 AM

Colin Rea picked up a quality start and his second win of the season on Saturday versus the Dodgers, allowing two runs in six innings.

This is realistically what Rea can be at the big-league level, a guy who throws strikes, eats innings and collects quality starts. He'll struggle when he falls behind in counts -- like he did to Chase Utley in the third inning -- but he always seems to be just effective enough. The right-hander has allowed more than three runs in just one outing this year and now owns a 4.61 ERA in 27.1 innings with an unimpressive 22/13 K/BB ratio. He'll next get the red-hot Mets at home.
May 1 - 12:48 AM

Matt Thornton (Achilles) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

He shed his walking boot about two weeks and just recently resumed throwing. Saturday was his third bullpen session since the injury. "It’s healing, but it’s not healed," said Thornton. "We’re getting closer." Thornton said he'll advance to full body weight jogging on a treadmill next week, but there's still no timetable for his return.
Apr 30 - 9:49 PM

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


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