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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 | 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, who has yet to pitch this season, will undergo further evaluation this week.
Impact: Johnson, signed in the offseason to a one-year free agent contract, had a right forearm strain in spring training. The right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list March 29, retroactive to March 21. The initial prognosis was that Johnson was due to be out about one month. But his lack of progress makes that time frame unlikely and has the club concerned he may be out for much longer.
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.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hundley isn't in the Padres' lineup Tuesday in Cleveland.
Impact: Before Monday's game was postponed due to inclement weather, Hundley was slated to start his second outing of the season at catcher. Alas, Yasmani Grandal will get the nod Tuesday, though Wednesday's doubleheader should afford Hundley at least one start due to Grandal's inability to stay in the crouch for nine consecutive innings.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ross gave up seven runs (two earned) on five hits and five walks Tuesday, while striking out two in 5.1 innings against the Indians.
Impact: Ross really struggled to throw strikes, and his defense didn't do him any favors either. Forty-six of his 95 pitches were balls, which resulted on Ross falling to 0-2 on the season. The breakout that some saw coming this season has yet to commence, and in shallower formats, it might be best to only use Ross in his home ballpark for now.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grandal is in the Padres' lineup Monday at Cleveland, taking on DH and batting fifth in the order.
Impact: Grandal's other three starts this season have come behind the plate, but American League rules call for another batter, which helps him avoid the stresses of getting in the crouch. Moreover, rainy weather has taken hold early this week in northern Ohio, so the Padres will likely hold him to DH or pinch appearances, while Nick Hundley (starting Monday) and Rene Rivera otherwise man the backstop. In nine at-bats this season, Grandal has contributed three singles, one run, one stolen base, and a 5:3 BB:K.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hundley is in the Padres' lineup Monday in Cleveland, covering catcher and batting eighth in the order.
Impact: Both Hundley and Yasmani Grandal are in the lineup due to American League rules in place for the three-game set. In four appearances (one start) to date, Hundley is batting 3-for-6 with one double and no other counting stats.
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.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Erlin, whose start was cancelled due to Monday's postponement, will take the hill Wednesday in one game of a doubleheader at Cleveland, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Erlin won the Padres' fifth starter gig out of spring training, but his first nod of the season won't take place until their eighth or ninth game. In five spring outings (one start), he twirled a 1.46 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 12:3 K:BB ratio in 12.1 innings. The preceding forecasts nicely for the regular season, until his services aren't required any longer upon Josh Johnson's recovery from a flexor strain.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kelly (elbow) was able to play catch Monday and is slated for a simulated game in a few days, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Kelly is now embarking upon the final stages of his recovery from last spring's Tommy John surgery, with the sim game likely to last three innings. However, rehab outings must still be undertaken, which won't allow for a return until the end of April, at the earliest.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Erlin's scheduled start Monday at Cleveland was postponed, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Although Erlin landed the No. 5 spot in the Padres' rotation, his first start of the season will be pushed back again. Perhaps he'll take the mound Tuesday or during Wednesday's likely doubleheader, but manager Bud Black has yet to make the call.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grandal can't yet catch a full nine-inning game on consecutive days, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Grandal's limitations have prompted the Padres to carry three catchers to begin the season, an arrangement that isn't likely to last much longer.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Street pitched a perfect ninth Sunday against the Marlins to get his second save of the season.
Impact: Apparently Street is just a Sunday pitcher - both of his appearances this year have been on Sundays, and he was perfect in both outings.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Amarista hit a three-run, pinch-hit homer Sunday against the Marlins' Nathan Eovaldi to put the Padres ahead for good in their 4-2 win over the Marlins.
Impact: Eovaldi made the mistake of speeding Amarista's bat up with an 84 mph slider low-and-in, and Amarista golfed it out of there. Amarista is finding it difficult to get regular playing time so far this season, but this certainly can't hurt his chances of at least getting more pinch-hit appearances.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Headley has tallied a hit in three of the last four games, after going 1-for-4 on Sunday in Miami.
Impact: On the other hand, Headley has been blanked in three of the Padres' six contests, leading to a .130/.167/.130 line with no counting stats in 23 at-bats. There has been no indication that the calf strain he suffered early in camp is bothering him, but his extended stretches of ineffectiveness last year were somewhat the result of a torn meniscus in his left knee. For now, consider his start to the campaign a slump more than anything, though it's unclear if he'll again approach the 31 homers and NL-leading 115 RBI that he accrued in 2012.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Venable went 1-for-4 with a run scored during Sunday's victory at Miami.
Impact: Venable has produced little after one week of the season, and perhaps his shuffle about the lineup is to blame. Through six games, he's occupied the seven, sixth, and second spots in the order, while manning both center and right fields. The most common iteration is batting sixth and starting in center, with the former not conducive to racking up runs. However, owners are relying upon him for stolen base production at the very least, and with four hits and one walk in 21 at-bats, no opportunities to swipe bases have come his way to date.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alonso contributed a sac fly during a 0-for-3 performance Sunday in Miami.
Impact: Alonso's season already includes a four-game hitting streak, but because he's produced only one base knock in each of those contests, he boasts a measly .174/.167/.261 slash line on the season. However, he's posted useful counting stats in his 23 at-bats -- three RBI, one run, and one stolen base -- meaning he could be a viable corner infield option, if his success at the plate turns around.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kennedy was dealing Sunday, allowing one run on three hits and one walk, while striking out five in six frames, during a victory at Miami.
Impact: Kennedy notched his first quality start of the season during the 96-pitch outing and has now tallied a 9:2 K:BB in 11 innings through his initial two nods. The ratio is a vast improvement upon his 10 starts post-trade deadline with the Padres last year, when he struck out 55 versus 25 walks in 57.1 innings. With better control, he could bounce back to his Cy Young worthy season from 2011, but his upcoming matchup Saturday versus the Tigers isn't the most friendly, especially considering his career splits against them: seven earned runs on 11 hits and a 6:3 K:BB in 11.1 innings across two games.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Benoit tossed a perfect eighth inning with one strikeout during Sunday's win in Miami. Afterward, manager Black told the San Diego Union-Tribune, "Benoit bounced back, which was great. I think he was a little rusty last night. He showed his worth with a clean inning."
Impact: The outing came one day removed from yielding two runs on three hits and one walk in 0.2 innings. Meanwhile, Sunday's punchout marked Benoit's first, and only, of the season in 2.2 innings, which doesn't jibe with a 9.95 K/9 during his three-year stint with the Tigers. Nevertheless, the Padres are apt to get what they paid for in the offseason -- two years, $15.5 million -- as his services are required more often in higher-leverage situations.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hundley has started just one of the Padres' first six games at catcher, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Speaking of the team's trio of backstops, manager Bud Black said, "With three catchers, we're trying to do the best you can to keep them all as current as possible."
Impact: Of the six available starts to date, Yasmani Grandal was given three and Rene Rivera two, which has afforded Hundley a mere six at-bats. As long as Rivera's presence is required due to Grandal easing into the season due to his recovery from last summer's ACL tear, there will be limited reps to go around. On the other hand, the Padres have a three-game set on tap beginning Monday in Cleveland, where the weather may force Black to slot Hundley once, and perhaps twice, into the lineup. Owners shouldn't jump ship, as a more even split of nods between Hundley and Grandal will eventually represent the catching situation, once there's no worry of re-injury for the latter.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Erlin will have his 2014 debut pushed up from Tuesday to Monday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impact: This move will allow for Tyson Ross to receive an extra day of rest after a high-stress outing Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ross will have his next start pushed back a day from Monday to Tuesday, reports Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Impact: This development is not due to Ross having any sort of injury, but rather just a simple early-season realignment of the Padres' rotation. Young southpaw Robbie Erlin will get his first start of the season Monday.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grandal is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Marlins.
Impact: Grandal, Nick Hundley and Rene Rivera have each made at least one start behind the plate already this season, but as Grandal's surgically-repaired knee gets stronger, he'll likely work himself into the true primary role.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cashner was solid again Saturday, holding the Marlins to two runs in six innings, while being pinned with his first loss of the season.
Impact: Cashner followed up a good opener by pitching well enough to win once again. The Padres may struggle to get him runs this season, but he looks like he has lots of breakout potential after two starts.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maybin (arm) logged five plate appearances in an extended spring training game Saturday, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports. "He came out of it fine," manager Bud Black said.
Impact: Maybin, who is working himself back from a ruptured left biceps tendon, just progressed to swinging in the cage last week but is already taking part in extended spring training games. While it's uncertain when he may be cleared to begin an actual rehab assignment, an early May return seems to be in play.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stults lasted just four innings after giving up five runs on seven hits in Friday's loss to the Marlins.
Impact: Stults put together a fairly solid year for the Padres in 2013, working over 200 innings while posting 11 wins and a sub-4.00 ERA, so this was certainly not the type of line he was looking for to start this season. The veteran lefty will be in search of a bounce back performance next week.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Cabrera went 2 for 4 in a 5-1 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday night.
Impact: Cabrera began the season 1 for 6.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Ross suffered a 5-1 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday night.
Impact: Ross allowed four runs, three earned, in five innings while striking out seven and walking four. Fantasy owners should take heart since his stuff was good. "His stuff was good, he just really couldn't command his fastball early in the game," manager Bud Black said.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the Padres' loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.
Impact: Early on, it's been business as usual for Cabrera, although he hasn't not picked up a stolen base through three games. Cabrera is 3-for-10 with a walk, three strikeouts and two runs scored this season in his return to the Padres' leadoff spot.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ross struck out seven and walked four while giving up four runs -- three earned -- on five hits over five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Dodgers.
Impact: Ross needed 100 pitches to get 15 outs, and he was struggling with his command at times, as he threw just 60 of those pitches for strikes. After finishing the 2013 with excellent numbers in the second half, expectations for Ross have significantly increased. He'll make his next start at Cleveland on Monday before an April 13 matchup with the Tigers at Petco Park.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Smith hit a solo homer in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night
Impact: It was the second homer in as many games for Smith, who also singled in his three at-bats. Smith earned the start in left field against the right-handed Zack Greinke after homering to start an eighth-inning rally in a 3-1 win Sunday night.
Sun. Mar 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Wieland is on the 15-day disabled list to open the season.
Impact: Wieland recent underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow.
Sun. Mar 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Kelly is on the disabled list to open the season.
Impact: Kelly is recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Sat. Mar 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Quentin will start the season on the disabled list.
Impact: Quentin, who's been slowed by knee injuries the last two seasons, injured his left knee during spring training. He had surgery on his right knee last season, the third operation on the joint in 18 months. He's making $9.5 million this season.
Sat. Mar 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Nady has made the San Diego Padres roster.
Impact: Nady has battled injuries, including having reconstructive elbow surgery, and was in Triple-A all last year as he tried to keep his career going. A first baseman and outfielder, he made his big league debut with the Padres in 2000.
Sat. Mar 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Medica has made the San Diego Padres roster.
Impact: Medica, 25, made his big league debut with the Padres in September. He is an infielder-outfielder.