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Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ross struggled Wednesday night on his way to his second loss of the season, allowing nine hits, five earned runs and two walks with three strikeouts.
Impact: Ross followed up Friday's quality start with a dud, as he was victimized by Jean Segura and Khris Davis home runs. These were only his second and third homers allowed on the season however, so there remains optimism that he can get back on track. The 27-year-old will face the Giants on the road his next time out, a strong matchup for Ross considering he threw eight shutout innings the last time he faced them.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | STATS
News: San Diego Padres starter Josh Johnson is scheduled to undergo elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time and will miss the entire season.
Impact: The right-hander, signed in November to an $8 million, one-year contract, was placed on the disabled list before the season began. He strained his elbow during spring training and the Padres initially thought he would be out about one month.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maybin (biceps) is unlikely to be activated from the DL until the Padres return to the West Coast for next week's series in San Francisco, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Regarding a return in Milwaukee or Washington D.C., the first two swings on the team's current 10-game road trip, Maybin is unlikely to do so due to Triple-A El Paso's upcoming series in Sacramento. Its proximity to San Francisco, where the Padres begin a three-game set next Monday, lends to the fact that he could make his presence felt for the first time since rupturing his left biceps on Mar. 2. During his rehab assignment, he took his time easing into the batter's box, with one hit in his first 12 at-bats, but has since batted .318 (7-for-22) with one homer, two RBI, and five runs scored.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Denorfia had three hits in a 2-1 win over Milwaukee in 12 innings Tuesday night.
Impact: Denorfia, batting a team-best .333, is 10 for 21 (.476) in his last seven games.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Headley homered in the top of the 12th inning and San Diego relievers tossed six shutout innings in the Padres' 2-1 win Tuesday night over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Impact: Headley, batting .200, also singled after going 3 for 21 in his previous seven games.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, to be performed by Dr. James Andrews, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports.
Impact: This was basically a foregone conclusion based on the information that had been coming out about Johnson's injury. This will technically be a revision of Johnson's UCL, as it is his second TJ surgery, with his first coming in 2007. He will miss the remainder of the 2014 season as a result, and can be dropped in all single-season leagues.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hundley has been at the center of trade discussions for the Padres of late, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impact: With the Padres carrying three catchers at the moment in Hundley, Yasmani Grandal and Rene Rivera, the team is motivated to deal Hundley to a team looking for an upgrade at their primary backup spot. The 30-year-old is in the final year of his three-year, $9 million extension and is batting .333 over 21 plate appearances this season.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kennedy allowed one earned run on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings Tuesday against the Brewers.
Impact: A Scooter Gennett solo home run was the Brewers' only run of the night, as Kennedy put forth what was probably his best start of the season. Unfortunately Yovani Gallardo was equally stingy, and Kennedy received no decision. It has to boost his owners' confidence that he was able to put forth this outing in a hitter-friendly ballpark like Miller Park, and not in the pitcher's paradise he pitches half his games in. His next start will come Sunday in Washington.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kelly (elbow) tossed 41 pitches across three innings during an extended spring training outing Tuesday. After one more game in Arizona, a decision will be made regarding a rehab assignment, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Kelly is in the stretch run of his recovery from Tommy John surgery performed last April. However, until his pitch count takes a drastic jump, he'll likely be contained to a bullpen role upon his initial activation from the disabled list.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alonso (elbow) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Brewers.
Impact: Alonso was struck on the elbow by a ball thrown by Milwaukee's Scooter Gennett during Monday's game, but he was not forced to come out of that contest, and will not have to sit out Tuesday either. Alonso will play first base and bat seventh against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grandal will bat third in the order Tuesday against the Brewers.
Impact: Grandal has bounced around this season, seeing starts at five spots in the order, but he'll occupy the No. 3 hole Tuesday for the second time in four games. He's still not ready to catch everyday, but once he proves that his knee is ready for the workload, Grandal will be the No. 1 backstop.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson's injured right elbow will be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The evaluation could reveal what has been dreaded: that the flexor strain in Johnson's right forearm is in fact more sinister, requiring season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Denorfia notched his first homer of the season, a solo shot in the seventh inning, during Monday's defeat at Milwaukee.
Impact: Including the second game of an April 9 doubleheader in Cleveland, Denorfia has started seven games in right field and one in center across 12 games, tallying a hit in each nod. During that span, he's hit .314 (11-for-35) with the long ball, five RBI, three runs and two stolen bases. Although Cameron Maybin (biceps) is drawing closer to a return, Denorfia is a more-than-steady outfield option to consider until that comes.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alonso was 2-for-4 with an RBI single during Monday's loss at Milwaukee. Meanwhile, he took a throw directly on his right elbow during a fourth-inning slide into second base but remained in the game, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impact: Immediately after plating the Padres' first run of the game, Alonso ran into trouble and was deemed out via fielder's choice. Considering both of his hits occurred prior to the play -- he promptly popped out in his subsequent two at-bats -- owners will want to keep an eye in the coming days to learn if the concern grows more evident. No matter, he seemed to allay any concern afterward, stating, "Just a stinger. It hurts in the moment, but I'll be all right."
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cashner surrendered four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four in six frames, during Monday's defeat in Milwaukee.
Impact: The Brewers chipped away at Cashner's two-seamer, driving in runs on three consecutive at-bats in the third inning, capped by an Aramis Ramirez solo shot. Ultimately, Cashner's outing marked the first occasion since last July 5 that the right-hander yielded four-plus runs, while matching the number of combined earned runs from his first four appearances of the season. He'll attempt to put the performance behind him in his nod Saturday in Washington, where he's been tagged for six runs with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings across four games (one start).
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Erlin was charged with his second straight loss Sunday against San Francisco.
Impact: Erlin gave up three hits and four runs in six innings. He's been so-so thus far with a 4.15 ERA.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maybin (arm) could return from the disabled list at some point during the Padres' 10-game road trip, Marty Caswell of 1090 Sports Radio reports. "We're not in a huge rush," GM Josh Byrnes said, regarding Maybin's status. "It could happen on this trip."
Impact: Maybin began his rehab assignment at Triple-A El Paso back on Apr. 11, and after missing all of spring training with the injury, he'll still need several more games worth of at-bats before an activation will be seriously considered. He's batting 5-for-26 (.192) over his seven games in El Paso thus far.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grandal, who isn't in the Padres' lineup Monday at Milwaukee, will be considered the No. 1 catcher once he's displays the ability to catch every day, Bill Center of the team's official site reports.
Impact: The starts in San Diego's backstop break down as follows in 2014: eight for Grandal, eight for Rene Rivera, and the remaining four for Nick Hundley. Grandal will take on the majority of nods once he can handle the rigors of catching on a daily basis. However, he remains unable to do so on the right ACL that was repaired last August, leaving a committee approach to rule the day for the time being.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rivera is starting at catcher Monday at Milwaukee with Andrew Cashner on the bump for the Padres.
Impact: Holding down the No. 2 catcher spot ahead of Nick Hundley, Rivera is matching Yasmani Grandal with his eighth nod of the season, as Rivera is the preferred backstop for Cashner and an occasional option for Tyson Ross. However, Rivera has yet to produce at the plate, batting .158/.158/.158 with three singles and no other counting stats in 19 at-bats this year.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stauffer pitched a clean ninth inning with one strikeout during Sunday's loss to the Giants.
Impact: Despite two testy appearances this season, including one in which he allowed two runs on one hit and three walks, Stauffer has in hand a 3.24 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 7:5 K:BB in 8.1 innings. Considering he's historically given up 3.03 BB/9, the free passes should be held in check going forward in his modest relief role.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Venable recorded a single and a run scored in four at-bats in Sunday's loss to the Giants.
Impact: After a dismal beginning to the campaign, in which he hit .154 (6-for-39) in his first 11 appearances, Venable has since bounced back. In his last eight games, he's gone 9-for-25 (.360) with one triple, three doubles, two RBI, and four runs scored. While his 19.8 percent home run rate (and 22 homers) from 2013 rode the backs of a 31.5 percent flyball rate and career-high .216 ISO, he has posted a similar flyball mark (36.6 percent) so far this year, meaning his first home run should soon come to pass.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cabrera tallied two singles in four at-bats during Sunday's defeat to the Giants.
Impact: Cabrera has now notched at least one hit in 15 of 18 games this season, sustaining a .329/.338/.452 line in 73 at-bats. Although he's accrued eight extra-base hits -- seven doubles and one triple -- his peripherals, namely a .123 ISO, imply that the Padres' leadoff is in line for another productive campaign, despite the lack of success on the basepaths to date (two steals in five attempts).
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nick Hundley chased Giants starter Tim Lincecum on Sunday, launching a seventh-inning solo shot in an eventual 4-3 loss.
Impact: Hundley was afforded a rare start behind the plate, earning his fourth nod in 19 games, and didn't disappoint with a 2-for-4 performance. His single in the second inning marked his first base knock since Apr. 9, a span of seven at-bats. Because he spells Yasmani Grandal at catcher every five contests or so, Hundley holds little sway, even in very deep two-catcher leagues.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Quentin (knee) will head to the team's extended spring training facility Thursday or Friday, rather than at the start of the week.
Impact: It's a tiny nuance in Quentin's rehab schedule. "I think he's going to go on Thursday or Friday," manager Bud Black said. "He's going to start doing baseball activities over there. He'll go out and practice with that group and do on-the-field drills, batting practice. We have our trainers and therapists over there." Quentin is still a few weeks away from returning from the DL.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Headley (biceps) went 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI in Sunday's loss to the Giants.
Impact: Headley's two RBI stemmed from a bases loaded double that nearly netted three runs, but Xavier Nady was called out at the plate after a replay review. Headley and the Padres now hit the road for a 10-game, 10-day road trip against the Brewers, Nationals and Giants.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Erlin gave up four runs over six innings Sunday against the Giants to get the loss. He allowed three hits and three walks, giving up a two-run homer to Buster Posey.
Impact: All four runs came in the first two innings, so if you want to find a silver lining in the outing, it's that Erlin held the Giants scoreless over his final four innings. His next start will come on the road against the Nats.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vincent pitched another scoreless inning in Sunday's loss to the Giants, striking out one after striking out the side the night before.
Impact: The Padres have an established pecking order at the back end of the bullpen, with Huston Street closing and Joaquin Benoit setting him up, but Vincent is rapidly demonstrating his competence. He has just one hold so far, but look for him to start pitching in more high-leverage situations as the season progresses.
Sun. Apr 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Stults recorded his first win of the season Saturday against San Francisco.
Impact: Stults limited the Giants to a run and three hits over six innings. Stults owns a 4.35 ERA in four outings.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Benoit tossed a perfect ninth inning to earn his first save of the season Saturday against the Giants.
Impact: With Huston Street getting the night off, manager Bud Black afforded Benoit with closing duties. He delivered, shutting down the top of the Giants' order, including Buster Posey who went down swinging. Street leads the league in saves with six and isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so for the time being, Benoit will get a chance to cement himself as one of the league's top setup men.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stults allowed just three hits, one run and no walks over six innings in his first win of the season Saturday against the visiting Giants.
Impact: The six innings were the longest Stults has lasted in four starts this year, so it's nice to see him rewarded with the W for his effort. His only black mark came on a 414-foot solo bomb to Michael Morse in the fifth, but he recovered nicely to retire the next three Giants on fly outs. Stults will bring his 4.35 ERA and 1.40 WHIP into Nationals Park on four days rest Thursday.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grandal is not in the lineup Sunday against the Giants.
Impact: After logging nine innings behind the plate Saturday night, Grandal will turn over catching duties to Nick Hundley in the afternoon tilt.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alonso is not in the lineup Sunday against the Giants.
Impact: He'll sit for the second time in four games despite the Giants bringing a right-hander to the hill in Tim Lincecum. Although Alonso typically performs better against righties, he's struggled during his career against Lincecum, batting just 2-for-21 against him.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gyorko is not in the lineup Sunday against the Giants.
Impact: With Gyorko sputtering to a 9-for-61 start to the season for the Friars, manager Bud Black will give him the day off as the Padres go for the sweep. Alexi Amarista will spell him at second base Sunday, but look for Gyorko to get back in the lineup in Milwaukee on Monday.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Ross held the Giants to four hits, struck out nine and walked one Friday to improve to 2-2.
Impact: Born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland, where he later pitched for the A's, Ross beat the Giants for the first time in six career appearances and made clear this one was personal. "East Bay, man," Ross said. "That was a lot of fun. I grew up an A's fan, so that rivalry's definitely there. The Giants were the rival at heart for me growing up."
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Headley (biceps) is back in the starting lineup Saturday against the Giants.
Impact: A mild right biceps strain cost Headley three starts, but he'll step back in Saturday to face right-hander Tim Hudson. Headley has struggled against Hudson in his career (2-for-16 with five strikeouts), which likely explains why manager Bud Black is batting him fifth.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Street racked up his league-leading sixth save of the season Friday night, giving up one earned run and a walk before striking out the side in the ninth.
Impact: Street made things interesting by allowing a solo home run to Brandon Belt in the ninth, but was able to settle down and slam the door on the Giants with a strikeout to end the game. On top of the saves, Street has been able to rack up solid strikeout numbers for his owners, as he boasts an 11.6 K/9 through seven appearances this season.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ross threw eight shutout innings to earn his second win of the season Friday, allowing just four hits and a walk to go along with nine strikeouts.
Impact: Ross has been a bright spot in the Padres' rotation, as he's given up only six earned runs in his first four starts of the season. Taking the mound in a pitcher-friendly Petco has worked in Ross' favor, as he's made three of his first four starts on the Padres' home field. He'll look to keep it rolling in his next projected start against the Brewers.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maybin's (arm) rehab assignment at Triple-A El Paso continues in earnest, the Padres' official site reports. However, his .125 average (2-for-16) entering Friday spurred manager Bud Black to say, "He's got to get some hits."
Impact: Because the assignment can last through the end of April, Maybin has ample time to display that he can pick up the occasional base knock. Moreover, the Padres embark upon a road swing to Milwaukee, Washington D.C., and San Francisco starting Monday, giving him further leeway in his recovery effort from a ruptured left biceps.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manager Bud Black expects Quentin (knee) to head to extended spring training during the Padres' upcoming 10-day road trip, which begins Monday in Milwaukee, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Quentin is still limited to batting practice and running on an anti-gravity treadmill, but the outfielder is drawing closer to running on the field. If all goes well and a setback is avoided in extended spring outings, a rehab assignment will soon follow. In the meantime, though, Seth Smith should get the nod most days in left field.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kelly (elbow) will pitch in an extended spring training game Monday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impact: If the outing goes down without a hitch, a rehab assignment may soon follow, but Kelly is nonetheless entering the last steps, before returning to the majors from Tommy John surgery performed in March of 2013.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Cabrera extended his hit streak to nine games with a second-inning double in a 3-1 loss to Colorado on Thursday.
Impact: The San Diego shortstop is now batting .328 this season and is 14 for 38 (.368) with six doubles during his streak.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Headley (biceps) is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Giants, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impact: Despite nursing a biceps strain, Headley was still able to record a single in a pinch-hit appearance Thursday. He's evidently not yet ready for a starter's workload, but unless Headley suffered a setback, it seems likely he'll make it back in a matter of days, if not Saturday.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alonso is not in the lineup Thursday against the Rockies.
Impact: Alonso has played the last nine games for the Padres, including both halves of a doubleheader with the Indians last week, so he'll get a rest in advance of the team's weekend series with the Giants. Lefty Franklin Morales is slated to start for the Rockies on Thursday, and Alonso's vulnerability against southpaws might not have made him particularly useful to fantasy owners had he been in the lineup.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Cashner pitched into the eighth inning while lifting the San Diego Padres to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.
Impact: Cashner (2-1) wasn't nearly as sharp as when he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against Detroit on Friday before settling for a one-hitter with a career-best 11 strikeouts. But the righty was resourceful as he consistently pitched his way out of trouble. He held the Rockies hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position. Cashner gave up nine hits overall and allowed two runs - one earned - with five strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Denorfia drove in two runs to lift the San Diego Padres to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.
Impact: Denorfia, batting .275, went 2 for 4 after going 4 for 19 (.211) in his prior six games.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kennedy took the loss against Colorado on Thursday, although he pitched well, allowing three runs and four hits over seven innings. He issued two walks and struck out seven.
Impact: Kennedy fell to 1-3 on the season, but he's pitched relatively well, with a 4.13 ERA. With a strong 23:5 K:BB in his first 24 innings, Kennedy could be headed for something of a bounce-back season.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nady hit a solo homer in Thursday's 3-1 loss to Colorado.
Impact: Nady doesn't see enough at-bats to have a ton of value, although he's gone deep three times in just 22 plate appearances.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Headley (biceps) is expected to avoid the disabled list, and there is a small chance he could be used to pinch-hit Thursday, but Padres manager Bud Black is cautiously optimistic, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impact: Headley is still considered day-to-day and hopes to return by the end of the weekend, yet manager Bud Black acknowledged the possibility that his third baseman could be out for more than a few days. While the team remains optimistic, Black hinted that the tune could change if Headley doesn't make it back by the end of the weekend.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cashner struck out five and walked one while giving up two runs -- one earned -- on nine hits over 7.1 innings Wednesday against Colorado.
Impact: Cashner earned a victory -- his second of the season -- with the effort. Overall, he was very efficient, throwing 73 strikes over 98 pitches. Cashner will make two starts next week, facing the Brewers on the road Monday before a trip to Washington to face the Nationals on April 26.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Headley (biceps) remains out of the lineup Thursday against the Rockies.
Impact: Headley will miss second game in a row due to the injury, which has been labeled as a mild strain for the time being. It wouldn't seem that Headley is in danger of landing on the disabled list quite yet, but that could change if he's unable to return during the Padres' weekend series against the Giants.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Headley was out of Wednesday night's starting lineup against Colorado because of a strained right biceps.
Impact: Headley was injured in the batting cage before Tuesday night's game against the Rockies, according to Padres manager Bud Black. Headley went 0 for 4, dropping his average to .160 with one homer and four RBIs.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grandal took grounders at third base before Wednesday's game, U-T San Diego's Jeff Sanders reports.
Impact: Yonder Alonso also was seen taking ground balls at the hot corner, with Chase Headley dealing with a mild biceps strain. It's not clear how serious Headley's injury is, but they could also be getting work in at third in the anticipation of Headley possibly getting dealt this season, or not re-signing for 2015 and beyond. Grandal doesn't seem to be in the Padres' long-term plans at catcher, with star defensive prospect Austin Hedges potentially arriving up the pipeline in 2015, so a move to third base would make sense.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alonso took grounders at third base before Wednesday's game, U-T San Diego's Jeff Sanders reports.
Impact: Yasmani Grandal also was seen taking ground balls at the hot corner, with Chase Headley dealing with a mild biceps strain. It's not clear how serious Headley's injury is, but they could also be getting work in at third in the anticipation of Headley possibly getting dealt this season, or not re-signing for 2015 and beyond. Alonso has a below average bat at first base, but he would see a slight uptick in value if he gained third base eligibility.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Quentin (knee) has no chance of being ready to start a minor league game this weekend, and it's looking like it will be closer to 7-10 days before he sees game action in his rehab, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports.
Impact: He took batting practice on the field on Monday, but a rehab assignment will have to wait. Quentin, sadly, is a designated hitter stuck in the National League, so while he can no doubt swing the bat, his legs are the big problem with investing too much in him from a fantasy perspective.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Headley is day-to-day with a mild right biceps strain, U-T San Diego's Dennis Lin reports.
Impact: He was scratched from the Padres' lineup Wednesday, and now we know why. Yonder Alonso was seen taking grounders at third base before the game, but Alexi Amarista will start at third, at least on Wednesday. If the injury is something that Headley has been playing through, that could explain his miserable start at the plate.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cabrera (knee) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports.
Impact: Cabrera missed Tuesday's game with a sore knee, but it appears the setback was only minor. As he usually does, Cabrera will play shortstop and bat leadoff Wednesday night.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Venable is not in the Padres' lineup Wednesday, the Padres' official Twitter feed reports.
Impact: The team is resting several regulars Wednesday, Venable among them. After getting off to a slow start, he has five hits in his previous three games, although he has yet to notch a home run or a steal this season after going 20/20 in 2013.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grandal is not in the Padres' lineup Wednesday, the Padres' official Twitter feed reports.
Impact: Rene Rivera will play catcher against the Padres, as Grandal sits after playing the last two games. He's getting on base at a 45.5 percent clip, but has just one extra-base hit in 27 at-bats, something that should change soon for the 25-year-old backstop.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Headley is not in the lineup Wednesday, the Padres' official Twitter feed reports.
Impact: Alexi Amarista will get the start at third base, as Headley has been in a rough slump ever since the start of the season. The good news for Headley's owners, is that his .160 batting average can be mostly explained by his .184 BABIP. With a little luck, he should be able to turn his season around soon.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Erlin tasted defeat Tuesday to the Rockies.
Impact: Erlin gave up three runs on six hits in 4 2-3 innings. The left-hander was coming off a six-inning, one-hit effort in his last start, a 2-1 win at Cleveland on Wednesday. "The second time through the lineup, I just felt myself trying to do too much, overthrowing," Erlin said.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson's flexor strain is expected to undergo an evaluation this week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Manager Bud Black stated, "He's feeling better, but he's not quite to where he needs to be. It's taking a little bit longer than we anticipated."
Impact: Johnson's initial diagnosis of 4-to-5 weeks would afford a return Saturday, but with mound work not even on the horizon, early May appears to be a better guess for his season debut. His continued absence allows second-year pro Robbie Erlin to hold down the back of the Padres' rotation.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Venable went 2-for-3 for the second straight game against the Rockies on Tuesday. He scored a run and was also caught stealing in the 3-2 loss.
Impact: The 31-year-old outfielder hasn't done much by way of fantasy contribution this season, batting .224 with no homers, two RBI, four runs and no stolen bases. While the lack of swipes is frustrating in intself, Venable has also struck out at least once in 11 of 13 games this season. If your bench is in need of warming, he makes for a great candidate right about now.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Although Erlin lasted just 4.2 innings Tuesday after surrendering three earned runs on six hits, he did pick up seven strikeouts in a 3-2 loss to the Rockies.
Impact: That's two straight starts with 6 K's or more for the Californian southpaw, who also walked his first batter of the year in this one. It will be interesting to see how his overall numbers level out once he has an accurate sample size to work with. For now, he has an ERA of 3.18 and a terrific WHIP of 0.97 to go along with his 14 strikeouts.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Johnson will have his right elbow examined by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews next week. The right-hander is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained forearm. The Padres fear his initial injury may be worse than originally diagnosed.
Impact: San Diego manager Bud Black says Johnson will meet with Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday or Wednesday. Black says Johnson has had some discomfort in the elbow. Andrews performed Tommy John surgery on Johnson's same elbow in 2007. Johnson signed a one-year deal in the offseason as a free agent. He strained his elbow during spring training and the Padres initially thought he would be out about one month. Johnson had surgery on his right elbow in the offseason.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (elbow) could need Tommy John surgery, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports.
Impact: Club officials told Passan that they are worried Johnson will need TJ surgery, which comes as no surprise, as we already knew Johnson's season was in danger and he was headed to visit Dr. James Andrews. He has tried to rehab the injury since spring training, and the lack of results have led him to this point. Those in single-season leagues without a DL spot can probably cut bait with Johnson at this point. Johnson could be the 22nd confirmed player this season to have the UCL replacement surgery.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Stults did not get a decision Monday.
Impact: Stults allowed four runs - three earned - on nine hits over five innings. He draws the Giants in his next start.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cabrera was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a sore right knee, Padres broadcaster Bob Scanlan reports.
Impact: With Cabrera scratched, Will Venable will move atop the lineup while Alexi Amarista comes in to play shortstop. The 27-year-old Cabrera is off to a strong start, and has hit safely in seven straight games, but it's uncertain how long this ailment could sideline him.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Padres GM Josh Byrnes said Tuesday that he's "not sure" whether Johnson (forearm) will pitch this season, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impact: Initially handed a 4-to-5 week estimate after landing on the DL with a flexor strain, Johnson now appears in danger of missing the entire 2014 season. Nothing's definite, but Johnson, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2007, will visit Dr. James Andrews next week to determine a course of action.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stults struck out three batters and gave up four runs (three earned) on nine hits and two walks over five innings in Monday's 5-4 win over the Rockies.
Impact: Stults wasn't particularly effective and left with a 4-0 deficit, but the Padres' offense fought back to win with a big assist from the bullpen. Though he's yet to complete six innings in a start this season, and is never a good source of strikeouts, Stults should settle down in the coming weeks. His next outing lines up for Saturday against the Giants at Petco Park.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith made his 10th start of the season in place of Carlos Quentin in left field Monday against the Rockies, chipping in a single and one run in three at-bats.
Impact: Smith aided in the Padres' eighth-inning comeback, drawing a walk immediately after pinch hitter Xavier Nady did the same. As the bottom of the framed ensued, both moved around the bases on a wild pitch by Rex Brothers and a throwing error by Wilin Rosario shortly thereafter, turning s 4-3 deficit into an eventual 5-4 victory. No matter, Smith has been a worthy stand-in for Quentin, notching hits in four of the last six contests en route to a .250 average (5-for-20), two doubles, two RBI, two runs, and a 2:6 BB:K. Quentin himself has progressed to participation in batting practice, but with a rehab assignment still to come, Smith should hold down the fort in left for the time being.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Street struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season Monday against the Rockies.
Impact: Street has allowed just two hits and one walk through five scoreless innings, and he's now pitched on consecutive days following a slow start (workload-wise) to the season.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Quentin (knee) took batting practice on the field Monday, marking the latest step in his recovery progression, the Padres' official website reports.
Impact: Quentin hit in a cage each of the previous five days, and the switch to on-field batting practice indicates that he's one step closer to a return. Manager Bud Black previously hinted that Quentin wouldn't hit on the field until at least Tuesday, so the outfielder is perhaps a day or two ahead of schedule. While the recent news is good, the Padres still haven't laid out a timetable for Quentin's rehab assignment or eventual return to the majors.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Ross outdueled AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer as the San Diego Padres beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Sunday to take two of three.
Impact: Following two shaky season-opening starts, Ross (1-2, 3.12 ERA) struck out seven and held the Tigers to one run and six hits in seven innings. He walked one after issuing a combined nine free passes in his first two games.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: San Diego Padres and second baseman Jedd Gyorko have agreed to a six-year contract that adds $35 million over five seasons through 2019. Gyorko's agreement, which replaces a one-year deal agreed to last month, includes a team option for 2020. San Diego essentially buys out one year of free agency and possibly two.
Impact: Gyorko proved himself with a big rookie season, hitting .249 with 23 home runs and 63 RBIs. His previous deal called for $510,900 this year in the major leagues and $294,000 in the minors. The new contract eliminates the lower minor league pay and adds salaries $2 million in 2015, $4 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017, $9 million in 2018 and $13 million in 2019. San Diego's 2020 club option is at $13 million with a $1 million buyout. The buyout can escalate by up to $750,000 based on achievements.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gyorko agreed to a six-year extension with the Padres on Monday, Keith Law of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The deal will wrap Gyorko up through his prime arbitration years, just as he's starting to show signs of life this season. In the recent weekend series versus the Tigers, the second baseman notched a hit in each one, including a homer and triple apiece, to go with three RBI and two runs scored in 11 at-bats.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Although he struck out seven Saturday, Kennedy also allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings of work in a 6-2 loss to the Tigers. His record fell to 1-2 on the season.
Impact: That's 16 hits and 16 strikeouts in 17 innings this year, and he now has a 4.24 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. Part of the issue against Detroit was his ability to toss just 15-of-28 first pitch strikes, causing him to get behind in the count more often than desired. The good news is he's only allowed a single homer on the season, so he's been able to limit the damage.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Headley went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs in Friday's 6-0 win over Detroit.
Impact: Headley, who also doubled, entered the night 4 for 32 with no extra-base hits. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Cashner threw a one-hitter and struck out a career-high 11 in Friday's 6-0 victory over Detroit.
Impact: Cashner took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Rajai Davis hit a one-out flare single into center field, just past the glove of outstretched second baseman Jedd Gyorko. He ended the night by striking out two-time reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera on a 95-mph fastball.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Quentin (knee) has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and hitting in a cage, and Padres manager Bud Black indicated Friday that the outfielder could hit on a field as soon as Tuesday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impact: Quentin seems to be honing in on the next step of his recovery but will likely still require a rehab assignment before joining the Padres. While a late April return is still quite possible, the slugger is probably past the point of having any shot to return before the final 7-to-10 days of the month.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grandal is back in the Padres' lineup Saturday against the Tigers, batting seventh and manning the backstop.
Impact: Grandal last made an appearance as a pinch hitter in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader in Cleveland, when he struck out with the bases loaded. Otherwise, he's fared well in 19 at-bats this season, slashing .368/.500/.421 with one RBI, two runs, one steal, and a 5:7 BB:K.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cabrera went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base in Friday's victory over the Tigers.
Impact: Cabrera is now 8-for-17 over his past four contests, raising his batting average to .350 over the Padres' first 10 games.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Headley was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, three RBI and a run scored on Friday night.
Impact: Headley smashed his first homer of the year Friday, but remains just 6-for-36 on the year. He'll face tough righty Justin Verlander on Friday.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cashner threw a one-hitter Friday, walking two and striking out a career-high 11 against the Tigers.
Impact: Cashner, who improved to 1-1, typically relies on ground balls for the majority of his outs, but he hit double-digit strikeouts for the first time in his career. Just three starts in, Cashner is proving to be a valuable commodity for fantasy owners in just about every format.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grandal is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Tigers.
Impact: Grandal broke out with a four-hit game Tuesday, but the Padres are still being mindful of his workload after his reconstructive knee surgery last July.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maybin (arm) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Friday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impact: When Maybin ruptured his left biceps tendon in early March, he was initially expected to miss 2-3 months, but the decision to forego surgery cut that timetable in half. The 27-year-old will start his rehab against the advanced competition at Triple-A, suggesting a mid-to-late April return is likely.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gyorko remains embroiled in a slump, going a combined 0-for-7 with one walk and one strikeout during Wednesday's doubleheader at Cleveland.
Impact: Other than a pair of two-hit performances through the Padres' first nine outings, Gyorko has been blanked at the plate in 24 at-bats. The sorry state of the San Diego offense has supplied nary an opportunity to drive in runs, but after tallying one homer in every 21.1 at-bats during an overall impressive rookie campaign, he has yet to go yard in 2014. Additionally, his plate discipline isn't much different than a year ago -- 12 strikeouts in 32 at-bats (37.5 percent), versus a 25.3 percent strikeout rate last season -- but as a second baseman, it's difficult to seek out other respectable candidates to fill the position while he works out the kinks.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Denorfia tallied a double in four at-bats during Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader versus the Indians.
Impact: The extra-base hit marked Denorfia's second in as many appearances, as he's settled into a .286/.318/.429 line in his initial 21 at-bats of 2014. Moreover, he's one of two Padres regulars batting above .200 -- Everth Cabrera is the other -- which is representative of their train wreck of an offense through nine games. Nonetheless, Denorfia will start most days in right field until Carlos Quentin (knee) and Cameron Maybin (biceps) are clear of their respective ailments, though more intriguing outfielders likely reside in most leagues' waiver wires.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grandal is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the Wednesday's doubleheader with the Indians.
Impact: After he served as the designated hitter for Game 1, there was some thought Grandal would be behind the plate for the second game of the doubleheader, but that won't come to fruition. Instead, fantasy owners will be stuck with an 0-for-4 performance Wednesday from Grandal, barring a late entry into the second game as a pinch-hitter.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Venable is out of the lineup for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Indians.
Impact: Fantasy owners won't benefit from a double dose of Venable, as Alexi Amarista gets the start in center field for Game 2. Venable went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the earlier game.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Erlin notched the victory in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader in Cleveland, surrendering one run on four hits and no free passes, while striking out six in six innings.
Impact: Making his first start of the season, the Padres' No. 5 in the rotation provided a steadiness required next to an offense that has produced more than two runs in only three of the first nine games. Erlin's sole run-in with danger arrived in the third, when he allowed a sac fly but forced Nick Swisher into a groundout with runners on second and third to escape the jam. After the 2-1 win, Erlin is slated to take the hill next Monday against the Rockies, who have mustered six runs per contest this season, good for the league lead through Wednesday (tied with the White Sox).
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Ross gave up five hits and seven runs - though only two were earned - while walking five over 5 1-3 innings in Tuesday's loss to Cleveland.
Impact: Walks have been a major problem thus far for Ross, who has issued nine in just 10 1-3 innings over two starts.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Headley (knee) went 1-for-4 with an RBI in the Padres' victory over the Indians in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader.
Impact: Headley sat out Wednesday's early game due to a sore knee, but he was able to return to the lineup for the second game and notch his first RBI of the season. Headley will get a day to rest his knee Thursday with the Padres off, and after playing Wednesday night, it seems likely he will be able to play Friday as usual.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: LaFromboise will return to Triple-A El Paso, as expected, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports.
Impact: The lefty was called up to be the team's 26th man for their doubleheader Wednesday, but didn't pitch in either game and will now be sent back down.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stults was steady in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader in Cleveland but still took the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks, while recording one strikeout in 5.2 innings.
Impact: The defeat is Stults' second in as many nods, but he was far more effective in this outing. One mistake -- a sixth-inning, two-run shot -- was all that separated him from a commanding effort by Indians starter Zach McAllister, but Stults' lone strikeout is a reminder of his deficiency in the category. Nonetheless, Stults will take the mound Tuesday versus the Rockies, against whom he went 2-0 with a 3.05 ERA, 1.355 WHIP, and 9:6 K:BB in 20.2 innings across three 2013 starts.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Headley is sitting out the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader in Cleveland due to a sore knee, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. "It's been giving me a little soreness the last few days," he said Wednesday morning. "It's something that we're fairly confident has nothing to do with the stuff from last year. It's the same knee, but it's not related. It's not something we think is serious. It just needs to calm down for a day or two and it should be OK."
Impact: Headley tweaked his surgically-repaired left knee while taking a swing Sunday in Miami but expects to be in the Padres' lineup for the second contest. However, the aforementioned array of denials is somewhat concerning, especially considering his 3-for-28 stretch with no counting stats to begin the season.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grandal will serve as the DH in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Indians, according to Padres announcer Bob Scanlan.
Impact: Grandal likely would have been limited to one game had he been the catcher in Wednesday's first game, but with him serving as the DH in the opener of the twin bill, there is a chance he could be in the lineup for both games.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Headley is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Indians, according to Padres announcer Bob Scanlan.
Impact: Headley will sit out for the first time this season Wednesday afternoon, and Alexi Amarista will man the hot corner in his place. With the Padres playing twice Wednesday, expect Headley to be back in the lineup for the nightcap.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: LaFromboise was called up to serve as the Padres' 26th man on the roster for Wednesday's doubleheader, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports.
Impact: LaFromboise will give the Padres an extra bullpen arm -- and a lefty at that -- for Wednesday's twin bill. He will head back to Triple-A El Paso at the end of the day, unless the Padres decide to send down someone else.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Kennedy earned his first win of the season with a strong outing in a 4-2 victory over Miami on Sunday.
Impact: Kennedy allowed one run and three hits in six innings for the Padres, who snapped a four-game slide. He also struck out five. Kennedy is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in his first two starts this season.