Player News - Padres

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Zach Lee allowed one run in his two-inning spring debut Sunday versus the Mariners.

Lee worked a 1-2-3 first inning on three groundouts, but Nelson Cruz led off the second with a solo blast and Tyler O'Neill doubled to left field shortly after. The former Dodgers prospect is trying to rebuild his stock in Padres camp this spring. He seems doubtful to crack the Opening Day rotation, but it's a fairly wide open competition at the moment.
Feb 26 - 5:10 PM

Padres manager Andy Green said of Alex Dickerson's (back) recovery that "it’s been a little bit of a slow process for him."

Dickerson has been sidelined for the last week with back stiffness. Green said that the outfielder remains day-to-day but added that Dickerson won't be ready to play in games for at least a few more days. Dickerson is hoping to be the Padres' Opening Day left fielder.
Feb 26 - 10:31 AM

Travis Jankowski went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Mariners.

The Mariners were having a fun enough time, teeing off for 17 hits and 13 runs, but Jankowski had his own little moment in the sun, too, swatting his first home run of the spring. The 25-year-old worked to an underwhelming .245/.332/.313 triple-slash in 335 at-bats last season. He does offer alluring wheels, though, swiping 31 bases when he did manage to find his way on base.
Feb 25 - 6:14 PM

Paul Clemens coughed up a three-run homer to Nelson Cruz in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Mariners.

Clemens surrendered four hits and did not strike out a batter in a decidedly wobbly debut. Last season, the right-hander posted a 4.04 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across 71 1/3 frames. He is on the outside looking in for a starting spot unless injuries befell the Padres' rotation.
Feb 25 - 6:08 PM

Manuel Margot is batting leadoff for the Padres in Saturday's Cactus League showdown against the Mariners.

The Padres used Travis Jankowski primarily out of that spot in 2016, but Jankowski is hitting seventh in Saturday's lineup. It would certainly be a huge boost to Margot's fantasy value if he's slotted at the top of the lineup to begin the regular season. Also of note, is that Hunter Renfroe is batting cleanup, with Yangervis Solarte hitting fifth.
Feb 25 - 9:34 AM

Christian Bethancourt has been alternating two days catching and one day pitching at spring training.

Because mastering one position wasn't enough for Bethancourt, he'll see work behind the plate, in the outfield and on the mound this season. It sounds gimmicky but Bethancourt's pitching prowess is no joke. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and he's also been developing a changeup. Bethancourt won't put up huge numbers but his versatility makes him one of the most fascinating players in baseball.
Feb 23 - 11:45 PM

Alex Dickerson said Thursday that his back injury has shown "substantial improvement."

Dickerson continues to be held out of workouts at Padres camp, but this has been called a minor issue from the jump. The outfielder should be ready for Cactus League games by the middle of next week.
Feb 23 - 11:32 AM

Clayton Richard took a ball off the top of his left finger Wednesday while doing bunting drills.

X-rays were negative, but the Padres figure to hold Richard back from throwing for a couple of days as a precautionary measure. It's no big deal here in late February.
Feb 23 - 11:13 AM

Hector Sanchez fouled a ball off his foot Wednesday, but X-rays came back negative.

He'll be held out of drills for a day or two. Sanchez was non-tendered by the Padres in early December and then eventually re-signed to a non-guaranteed minor league deal. He's organizational depth at catcher for San Diego.
Feb 23 - 11:11 AM

Alex Dickerson (back) was held out of workouts for the third straight day on Wednesday.

Padres manager Andy Green previously downplayed the issue, but it has turned out to be a nagging issue. He's going to be examined by team doctors just to make sure nothing serious is going on.
Feb 22 - 12:17 PM

Alex Dickerson (back) missed another workout Tuesday at Padres camp.

The corner outfielder also sat out of drills Monday after developing some stiffness in his back over the weekend. Padres manager Andy Green said it's no big deal. There is plenty of time for Dickerson to catch back up.
Feb 21 - 9:39 PM

Alex Dickerson was held out of workouts on Monday because of back stiffness.

The Padres aren't concerned that it might be a long-term thing. Dickerson is competing for a starting corner outfield job this spring after batting .257/.333/.455 with 10 homers in 285 plate appearances for San Diego last season.
Feb 20 - 4:11 PM

Padres placed RHP Colin Rea on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Jered Weaver. Rea will miss all of 2017 while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
Feb 19 - 12:15 PM

Padres signed RHP Jered Weaver to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The deal was first reported on Saturday and is now official. Weaver's velocity and results have tumbled in the wrong direction the last few years, as he posted a 5.06 ERA in 2016 while his fastball routinely sat in the low- to mid-80s. However, the Padres' projected rotation right now is laughably bad to the point that the veteran right-hander might be the favorite to start for them on Opening Day. Weaver's days as a fantasy contributor are surely over.
Feb 19 - 12:08 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Padres have agreed to a one-year deal with Jered Weaver.

The veteran right-hander will earn a base salary of around $3 million dollars, which will seemingly guarantee him a spot in the Padres' starting rotation. If there's any place that the 34-year-old soft-tossing right-hander can resurrect his career, pitching in the friendly confines of Petco Park and in the National League West is likely his best chance.
Feb 18 - 1:03 PM


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