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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

Wil Myers went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored Friday against the Rangers in Cactus League action.

Myers was the big bright spot for the Padres during their last-place finish in 2016 and he’s poised to play a similar role this year. The 26-year-old is hitting .370 (17-for-46) with a 1.112 OPS over 18 games this spring.
Mar 24 - 7:17 PM

Christian Friedrich will open the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a strained left lat.

Friedrich hadn't pitched in a week due to the ailment. He'll be shut down for 1-2 weeks and it's unclear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. His absence should give a guy like Trevor Cahill a better shot at a rotation spot.
Mar 24 - 12:58 PM

Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs in a win over the Angels on Thursday.

He had an RBI single in the seventh inning and an RBI double in the eighth. He is now the owner of a .298 batting average with two home runs in 57 Cactus League at-bats. He made an 11-game cameo in the majors last year and slugged .371/.389/.800 with four homers and 14 RBI in just 36 plate appearances. The 25-year-old's strong spring has solidified his job as the Padres' starting right fielder on Opening Day.
Mar 23 - 8:13 PM

Ryan Schimpf went 1-for-2 with a walk and hit his first home run of the spring on Thursday against the Angels.

It has been a rough camp for Schimpf. He has battled an oblique injury that has limited him to just 16 at-bats so far, and only three of those have resulted in base hits. The 28-year-old finally reached the majors last season for the first time and hit the ground running. He was called up mid-season and promptly whacked 20 home runs in 89 games. On the flip side he registered a lowly .217 batting average. He figures to be the Padres' primary second baseman this season.
Mar 23 - 8:00 PM

Luis Perdomo started versus the Angels on Thursday, allowing two runs on five hits over five innings in a 6-2 Padres victory.

The 23-year-old now brandishes a cool 2.87 ERA with nine strikeouts in 15 2/3 spring innings. As a rookie last season he turned in 20 starts and 15 relief appearances. He had a rough 5.71 ERA in 146 2/3 innings but seemed to be learning on the job. He struggled with a 7.48 ERA in the first half of the season and a much better 4.30 ERA after the All Star break. He will likely begin the year in the Padres' starting rotation.
Mar 23 - 7:53 PM

Jered Weaver had a disastrous outing Wednesday in the Padres’ Cactus League loss to the Royals, letting up four runs, three hits and hitting two batters in only 2/3 of an inning.

For the glass half-full audience, Weaver did record two strikeouts before exiting. Weaver recently complained of a dead arm, which is pretty common this time of year. The right-hander had planned to pitch through it, but the Padres have to be second-guessing that decision after Wednesday's meltdown. Weaver’s fastball was so slow (he topped out at 83.9 mph) that the pitch tracker on MLB.com classified it as a changeup. There was some thought that relocating to pitcher-friendly Petco Park might resurrect Weaver’s career, but those hopes are quickly fading. At this point in his career, Weaver is hanging on for dear life.
Mar 22 - 8:07 PM

Jered Weaver said that he has been working through a dead arm since his last bullpen session.

Weaver has come down with dead-arm in springs past and unless word surfaces to the contrary, this does not appear to be a serious concern. The Padres signed the veteran right-hander to a one-year, $3 million contract in mid-February. Weaver is looking to bounce back from a 2016 season in which he posted a 5.06 ERA in 31 starts.
Mar 22 - 5:43 PM

Trevor Cahill struck out seven batters over five innings of one-run ball Tuesday in a sharp Cactus League start against the Giants.

Cahill gave up only one hit, a solo homer to Giants backup catcher Nick Hundley in the bottom of the second inning. The right-hander should have a spot in the Padres' rotation to open the 2017 season after registering a 2.74 ERA across one start and 49 relief appearances last year with the Cubs. There is some deep-league streaming appeal here.
Mar 21 - 7:17 PM

Manuel Margot (knee) is expected to play five innings in Thursday's Cactus League game.

That's assuming all goes well when he takes some backfield at-bats on Wednesday. The 22-year-old hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since March 5 due to left knee soreness. He was a serious consideration for the Opening Day roster at the start of camp, but it might make sense to give him some extra time in the minors at this point. There's also the service time matter to consider.
Mar 21 - 1:24 PM

Ryan Schimpf (oblique) is in Tuesday's Cactus League lineup.

An oblique injury has kept Schimpf out of action for a couple of weeks, but he apparently felt fine after taking some at-bats in backfield games on Monday. Assuming no setbacks, he should see the bulk of the time at second base to begin the season. The soon-to-be 29-year-old slugged 20 homers with an .869 OPS over 89 games as a rookie last season.
Mar 21 - 1:19 PM

Padres optioned RHP Zach Lee to Triple-A El Paso; re-assigned RHPs Logan Bawcom and Andre Rienzo, Cs Rocky Gale and Jake McGee, OF Rafael Ortega and INF Christian Villanueva to minor league camp.

There are no surprise cuts in this group. A former top prospect, Lee was awful in the minors last season and was claimed off waivers by the Pads over the winter.
Mar 20 - 7:31 PM

Padres optioned RHP Tyrell Jenkins to Triple-A El Paso.

Jenkins has posted a 6.75 ERA over eight innings this spring. He should begin the season in El Paso's rotation.
Mar 20 - 7:28 PM

Padres optioned INF Carlos Asuaje to Triple-A El Paso.

Asuaje is 8-for-39 at the plate this spring. He's rated by MLB.com as the club's No. 20 prospect.
Mar 20 - 7:27 PM

Padres released RHP Paul Clemens.

Clemens is out of options and was evidently told he wasn't going to make the team, so he's now free to look for a gig elsewhere. The righty swingman holds a career 4.89 ERA across 66 appearances -- 19 starts -- in the majors.
Mar 20 - 7:10 PM


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