San Diego Padres — as of May 2, 2017

2017/05/06

Up:

     Manuel Margot, CF: May 2 Initially, it appeared that the Padres were going to have Manuel Margot and Travis Jankowski platoon in the leadoff and #2 spots, with Jankowski leading off against RHP and Margot batting second, while Margot would take over #1 with Jankowski moving to #2 against LHP. However, when Margot got off to a hot start and Jankowski didn’t, Margot began to see action at leadoff against all pitchers and that’s the way it’s stayed to date. Margot is now hitting .265 with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs. In addition, he’s scored 15 Runs and stolen 4 bases.

     Erick Aybar, SS: May 2 – After being signed to a minor league contract in early February and then outdueling Luis Sardinas for the starting SS role in spring training, Erick Aybar has advanced his cause quite a bit during the early going. Not only has he started in 26 of the team’s 28 games at SS but he’s put up some respectable offensive number as well (other than his .212 Batting Average). In 97 PA, he’s hit 2 HRs, driven in 6 and scored 9 Runs. He also has 3 SBs. As a result, he’s been seeing a fair bit of time in the #2 spot in the batting order, starting 6 of the past 11 games there after starting the year in either the #7 spot or the #8 spot for the most part. For now, at least, he seems to be sharing #2 with Cory Spangenberg.

     Cory Spangenberg, OF, 3B, 2B: May 2 – Since being called up on April 25, Cory Spangenberg has started 5 of the Padres’ 7 games, including 3 of the last 4 in LF. He appears to have supplanted Jabari Blash as the main contributor in LF during the absence of Travis Jankowski to injury and has started 4 of the last 7 games in the #2 slot in the batting order.

Down:

     Travis Jankowski, LF: May 2 – Even before his injury on April 25, Travis Jankowski had seen his value decline. Instead of batting first or second as originally intended, he’s seen most of his recent action from the bottom of the batting order. In 3 of the last 6 games prior to his injury, he was assigned to the #8 slot in the batting order and in 1 other game he actually batted ninth. He was hitting .160 with 0 HR, 0 RBIs and only 7 Runs scored at the time he was placed on the DL.

      Jabari Blash, OF: May 2 – When Travis Jankowski was first injured, it looked like Jabari Blash was going to get the first chance to replace him in LF. However, Blash is hitting only .087 with 1 HR and 1 RBI in 31 PA and appears to have been surpassed by Cory Spangenberg and, possibly, Alan Cordoba in the LF depth chart.  He’s started 6 games in LF in total and 1 in RF but, after opening with 3 games in a row in LF after Jankowski’s injury, he’s only started 1 of the last 5 games in LF.

In:

     Jabari Blash, OF: Apr 24 – 6:57 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres recalled OF Jabari Blash from Triple-A El Paso.

Blash is taking Travis Jankowski’s (foot) spot on the roster and should take his spot as the regular LF, too. He’s managed just a .152/.287/.291 batting line in 94 plate appearances in the majors so far but does have big raw power.

     Apr 14 – 3:49 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres optioned OF Jabari Blash to Triple-A Reno.

The Padres should be able to carve out a role for Blash against LHPs but carrying two Rule 5 players on their bench really limits their platoon options. Blash was 0-for-8 in his week with the club while replacing Hector Sanchez who was on the 7-day concussion DL.

     Apr 7 – 3:34 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres purchased the contract of OF Jabari Blash from Triple-A El Paso.

Blash slugged seven homers this spring but the Padres decided against adding him to the 40-man roster. He’s on it now and should see some starts versus LHPs, although he could be up for just a week or so as he’s replacing Hector Sanchez who’s on the 7-day concussion DL.

     Trevor Cahill, SP: Apr 16 – 10:54 AM (Rotoworld) — Padres activated RHP Trevor Cahill from the 10-day disabled list.

It was a minimum stay on the DL for Cahill, who missed just one turn with a lower back issue. He’ll start today against the Braves.

RP Kevin Quackenbush has been sent to the minors.

     Apr 14 – 10:22 AM (San Diego Union-Tribune/Rotoworld) — Trevor Cahill (back) is on track to return on Sunday, April 16, versus the Braves.

He will have missed the minimum amount of time on the disabled list with a lower back strain. Cahill pitched well against the Dodgers in his first outing of the year.

     Apr 9 – 3:32 PM (MLB.com/Rotoworld) — Padres placed RHP Trevor Cahill on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain, retroactive to April 6.

It’s unclear when the injury occurred. Cahill allowed three runs — two earned — on five hits with seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings against the Dodgers last Wednesday, April 5, in his first start. A timetable for his return isn’t known. Zach Lee has replaced Cahill on the roster and could replace him in the rotation, as well. Jarred Cosart is also an option.

     Luis Perdomo, SP: Apr 23 – 2:07 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres activated RHP Luis Perdomo from the 10-day disabled list.

Perdomo will start today versus the Marlins. He had been nursing some shoulder inflammation.

Zach Lee will be returned to the minors to make way for Perdomo.

     Apr 20 – 7:53 PM (Rotoworld) — Luis Perdomo (shoulder) will start on Sunday, April 23, against the Marlins.

The Padres will wait until Sunday to activated him from the disabled list. Perdomo left his season debut with shoulder inflammation but looked sharp during Wednesday’s 50-pitch bullpen session. His return will bump Jarred Cosart from the starting rotation.

     Apr 19 – 8:34 PM (San Diego Union-Tribune/Rotoworld) — Luis Perdomo (shoulder) threw a 50-pitch bullpen session today.

Padres manager Andy Green said that so long as Perdomo checks out fine following his bullpen work, the team is leaning toward starting him in place of the injured Jarred Cosart (hamstring) this coming Sunday, April 23, against the Marlins. The 23-year-old RHP is making his way back from posterior inflammation in his right shoulder after hitting the 10-day disabled list on April 11.

     Apr 11 – 11:30 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres placed RHP Luis Perdomo on the 10-day disabled list with posterior shoulder inflammation.

Perdomo was due to start for the Padres tomorrow at Coors Field but he came down with some shoulder discomfort this week following a rough regular-season debut last Friday, April 15, versus the Giants. Jake Esch or Zach Lee will now take the hill on Wednesday for San Diego. Esch was called up to take Perdomo’s roster spot.

     Hector Sanchez, C: Apr 14 – 3:51 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres activated C Hector Sanchez from the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Sanchez will share backup reps with Luis Torrens behind Austin Hedges and serve as a pinch-hitter. Jabari Blash has been sent back to the minors in a corresponding move.

     Apr 7 – 3:32 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres placed C Hector Sanchez on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Sanchez left yesterday’s game versus the Dodgers due to dizziness and apparently didn’t pass the concussion protocol. He has a history of concussions, which makes the situation a bit scary. Luis Torrens will now be Austin Hedges’ main backup at C, although P/C hybrid Christian Bethancourt is also on the roster.

Jabari Blash was called up to take his roster spot.

     Apr 6 – 6:39 PM (Rotoworld) — Hector Sanchez left today’s game against the Dodgers with dizziness.

The Padres originally called his exit precautionary but now Sanchez is being treated for concussion-like symptoms. Obviously, there was no reason to keep him in the game with the Padres getting blown out. Luis Torrens took Sanchez’s place behind the plate in the seventh inning. Sanchez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout before exiting. Consider him day-to-day.

     Cory Spangenberg, 2B, OF, 3B: Apr 25 – 5:36 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres recalled IF/OF Cory Spangenberg from Triple-A El Paso.

Spangenberg failed to make the Padres’ Opening Day roster out of camp but he’ll get the call now after batting .348/.403/.470 with 1 HR and 3 SB over 17 games at Triple-A. The former first-round pick could see semi-regular playing time in San Diego.

C/RP Christian Bethancourt was sent to the minors to make room for Spangenberg.

     Kirby Yates, RP: Apr 26 – 3:05 PM (MLB.com) — Padres claimed RHP Kirby Yates off waivers from the Angels.

Yates was designated for assignment by the Angels on Sunday, April 23, after allowing two runs the day before in a one-inning relief appearance. It was his only appearance at the major league level so far in 2017.

Kevin Quackenbush was demoted to make room for Yates on the team’s big league roster.

Out:

     Travis Jankowski, OF: Apr 27 – 9:05 PM (Rotoworld) — Travis Jankowski may have a hairline fracture in his injured foot.

Jankowski was placed on the DL with a bruised right foot earlier this week. Even if Jankowski does have a hairline fracture, it won’t alter his rehab plans. He’ll be in a walking boot for at least another week and remains out indefinitely.

     Apr 24 – 6:55 PM (MLB.com/Rotoworld) — Padres placed OF Travis Jankowski on the 10-day disabled list with a right foot bone bruise.

It’s unclear at this point how much time Jankowski might miss. Jabari Blash has replaced him on the roster and should be the new regular LF.

The 25-year-old Jankowski fouled a ball off his foot on April 14 against the Braves in Atlanta and has been hobbling since then.

     Alex Dickerson, OF: Apr 27 – 10:37 PM (Rotoworld) — Alex Dickerson (back) is expected to resume baseball activities within the next week.

Dickerson has been hampered by a bulging disc in his back but has made progress in recent weeks. He’s stayed in shape by doing cardio and some light weight lifting and will soon add baseball activities to his regimen. Dickerson is on the 60-day DL, so we won’t see him in San Diego until June at the earliest.

     Apr 7 – 3:35 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres transferred OF Alex Dickerson from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Jabari Blash. Dickerson has a bulging disc in his back and will now be out until at least June.

     Apr 2 – 2:46 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres placed OF Alex Dickerson on the 10-day disabled list with a bulging disc in his back.

He’ll likely miss most, if not all, of April. Travis Jankowski will handle LF while Dickerson is sidelined.

     Mar 16 – 12:51 PM (Rotoworld) — Alex Dickerson has been diagnosed with a disc protrusion in his back and will be sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks.

Dickerson won’t need surgery but he can obviously now be ruled out for the first couple weeks of the 2017 regular season. He entered spring training with good odds of claiming a share of the Padres’ starting LF job. Travis Jankowski and Jabari Blash will likely work in a platoon there to open the year.

     Mar 13 – 12:53 PM (Rotoworld) — Alex Dickerson has experienced a setback in his recovery from a back injury.

Dickerson made his Cactus League debut this weekend but it apparently did not go totally smoothly. His status for Opening Day is now in question. Look for a fresh update on in a day or two.

     Christian Friedrich, RP: Apr 7 – 3:47 PM (Rotoworld) — An MRI on Christian Friedrich’s left elbow came back negative.

Friedrich went on the disabled list with a strained lat but has felt soreness in his elbow recently. However, he doesn’t have anything wrong structurally and will head to the Padres’ spring training complex on Sunday, April 9, to begin his rehab.

     Apr 5 – 9:08 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres manager Andy Green said that Christian Friedrich (lat) has been experiencing tenderness in his left elbow and will receive a medical examination.

Friedrich was shut down near the end of spring training with what was termed as a strained left lat. Elbow tenderness could be a sign of something more serious, though. His check-up with the doctors should shed more light on the extent of his injury and a possible timetable for his return.

     Apr 2 – 2:48 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres placed LHP Christian Friedrich on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left lat.

He’s been dealing with the injury for a few weeks. It’s unclear how long Friedrich will be on the shelf.

     Mar 24 – 12:58 PM  (Rotoworld) — 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 19 – 1:01 PM (Rotoworld) — Christian Friedrich was scratched from a scheduled bullpen session today due to general soreness in his pitching arm.

It doesn’t get any more vague than that. Without more details, it’s impossible to project how long this might sideline the LHP. Perhaps the Padres will offer up more details on Friedrich later today.

     Robbie Erlin, SP: Mar 30 – 12:55 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres placed LHP Robbie Erlin on the 60-day disabled list with a left elbow injury.

Erlin underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last May. He should become an option for the Padres around the middle of the 2017 regular season.

     Mar 12 – 1:06 PM (Rotoworld) — Robbie Erlin (elbow) has started to throw off a mound at 45 feet.

It’s a big step as the LHP works his way back from Tommy John surgery. Erlin is hoping to be an option for the Padres around mid-season.

     Feb 27 – 4:29 PM (Padres.mlb.com/Rotoworld) — Robbie Erlin (elbow) is hoping to return around mid-season.

Erlin underwent Tommy John surgery last May. He’s been taking part in fielding and bunting practice and hopes to begin throwing off a mound before the end of spring training.

“I don’t think there’s really like a set date,” Erlin said. “We kind of stay away from that so you don’t get too jumpy. We just go based on feel. Right now, late June or early July is kind of what we’re eyeballing, if everything goes well.”

     Carter Capps, RP: Apr 28 – 11:12 AM (San Diego Union-Tribune/Rotoworld) — Carter Capps (elbow) allowed five runs on three hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning in his last rehab appearance with Triple-A El Paso yesterday.

Capps has been hit-or-miss on his rehab assignment to say the least, tossing five no-hit innings over five appearances but allowing a whopping nine runs over his other two games. It’s not terribly surprising, as command can waver for a guy making his way back from Tommy John surgery. Capps should be activated pretty soon, but his inconsistency combined with Brandon Maurer’s nice start should make fantasy owners pump the brakes on Capps taking over the Padres’ closer job anytime soon.

     Apr 19 – 12:36 AM (Rotoworld) — Carter Capps (elbow) struck out a batter in a scoreless inning last night with Triple-A El Paso.

A huge improvement over his last rehab outing on Sunday, when he was charged with four earned runs while recording only two outs. Capps could be nearing a return to the Padres and might be able to work his way into save opportunities quickly if he comes out of the gate pitching like he did yesterday at Triple-A. The hop-stepping RHP underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last March.

     Apr 8 – 7:25 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres manager Andy Green said Carter Capps (elbow) looked “very good” while throwing a live batting practice today.

He’s expected to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday, April 11. Capps is now 13 months removed from Tommy John surgery. Barring a setback, he’ll be back in the Padres’ pen later in April.

     Apr 4 – 7:56 PM (Rotoworld) — Carter Capps (elbow) threw a 21-pitch simulated inning on today at Dodger Stadium.

He then threw a few more pitches in the visitor’s bullpen to complete the workout. Capps will likely do one more simulated appearance before heading out on a minor league rehab assignment. He should be ready to join the Padres’ bullpen around mid-to-late April and the hop-stepping RHP could eventually factor into the ninth-inning mix if his stuff is right. He underwent Tommy John surgery last March.

     Apr 2 – 2:49 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres placed RHP Carter Capps on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

Capps isn’t quite ready yet as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. The hard-throwing RP should join the Padres’ bullpen before too long and he might eventually be an option to serve as Closer.

     Mar 30 – 5:45 PM (Rotoworld) — Carter Capps (elbow) will pitch a couple of simulated innings next week.

Capps struck out two in a scoreless inning today against the Rockies, topping out at 95 mph. If his simulated work goes well next week, he’ll begin a rehab assignment shortly afterwards. He’s on track to return to the Padres by mid-April.

     Mar 29 – 1:14 PM (Rotoworld) — Carter Capps (elbow) will begin the season on the 10-day disabled list.

Capps is making his way back from Tommy John surgery and was shaky in his Cactus League debut on Monday, March 27, so it doesn’t make sense to push things. He could be ready relatively soon.

     Jarred Cosart, SP, RP: May 2 – 11:31 PM (Rotoworld) — Jarred Cosart (hamstring) threw two scoreless innings today for High-A Lake Elsinore.

Cosart allowed two hits and a walk but no major damage. The RHP looks poised to return to a bullpen role with San Diego, possibly by May 5.

     Apr 28 – 11:15 AM (San Diego Union-Tribune/Rotoworld) — Jarred Cosart (hamstring) will throw another bullpen session this weekend.

If it goes well, the Padres could decide to activate him in a day or two. With Luis Perdomo back, Cosart seems likely to head back to the bullpen once activated.

     Apr 19 – 5:59 (Rotoworld) — Padres placed RHP Jarred Cosart on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.

Cosart strained his right hamstring in yesterday’s game against the Diamondbacks. There is no current timetable for his recovery. The Padres have yet to announce who will take Cosart’s place in the rotation.

     Apr 18 – 11:53 PM (Rotoworld) — Jarred Cosart suffered a right hamstring strain in his start tonight against the Diamondbacks.

Cosart allowed three runs — one earned — over 3 2/3 innings before exiting. The RHP is probably headed for the 10-day disabled list.

     Apr 9 – 8:29 PM (Rotoworld) — Jarred Cosart will start for the Padres on Monday in place of the injured Trevor Cahill.

     Zach Lee, SP, RP: Apr 23 – 2:09 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres optioned RHP Zach Lee to Triple-A El Paso.

Lee was surprisingly effective in a spot start in Colorado earlier this month but was then roughed up in two relief outings. He’ll rejoin El Paso’s rotation.

His demotion makes way for the return of Luis Perdemo from the DL.

     Apr 9 – 3:34 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres recalled RHP Zach Lee from Triple-A El Paso.

He could replace Trevor Cahill (back) in the rotation, although Jarred Cosart is also an option. Cahill is on the DL with a lower back strain, retroactive to April 6, and may not miss more than 1 turn in the rotation. A former top prospect, Lee held a 6.14 ERA over 27 starts at the Triple-A level last season. However, he’s just 25.

     Jake Esch, RP: Apr 14 – 3:47 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres optioned RHP Jake Esch to Triple-A El Paso.

Esch walked both batters he faced in his lone appearance for the Padres. Kevin Quackenbush has been called up to take his spot.

     Apr 11 – 11:32 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres recalled RHP Jake Esch from Double-A San Antonio.

Esch was claimed off waivers from the Marlins at the end of spring training and could now be thrust into the Padres’ starting rotation with Luis Perdomo hitting the disabled list today because of posterior shoulder discomfort. Esch, 27, allowed eight earned runs over 13 innings (three starts) last season with Miami.

     Kevin Quackenbush, RP: Apr 26 – 7:28 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres optioned RHP Kevin Quackenbush to Triple-A El Paso.

The Padres had to send someone down after claiming Kirby Yates off waivers from the Angels. The RHP has hurled five scoreless innings in the big leagues this year. Quackenbush should be back up the next time the bullpen needs a fresh arm.

     Apr 19 – 6:03 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres recalled RHP Kevin Quackenbush from Triple-A El Paso.

Quackenbush turned in a scoreless inning for the big league club earlier this month before being shuttled down to Triple-A. He’s back up to the Padres now, however, where he’ll work in middle relief. The 28-year-old RHP posted a 3.92 ERA and 42/22 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 innings during the 2016 season. Jarrod Cosart was placed on the DL in a corresponding move.

     Apr 16 – 10:52 AM (Rotoworld) — Padres optioned RHP Kevin Quackenbush to Triple-A El Paso.

Quackenbush made one scoreless appearance in his brief time with the big club. He’ll get another shot eventually. His demotion allows Trevor Cahill to come off the DL.

     Apr 14 – 3:50 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres recalled RHP Kevin Quackenbush from Triple-A El Paso.

Quackenbush isn’t thought of as highly by the Padres these days but he’s still a decent enough option as the fourth or fifth RHP in a team’s pen.

Jake Esch has been sent to the minors.

     Christian Bethancourt, C, RP: Apr 25 – 5:34 PM (Rotoworld) — Padres sent RHP/C Christian Bethancourt outright to Triple-A El Paso.

Bethancourt had allowed nine runs — six earned — in 3 2/3 innings this season out of the San Diego bullpen. He was also 1-for-7 with three strikeouts as a hitter.

Cory Spangenberg was called up to take Bethancourt’s place on the Padres’ rost

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