Wallace (paternity) was reactivated Thursday, Bob Scanlan of the Padres reports. Wallace will rejoin the team after missing the previous five games for paternity leave. The 29-year-old is just 2-for-11 with eight strikeouts in 11 games since the start of July. Alexi Amarista was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Wallace was placed on the paternity list Monday AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Wallace has played in 15 of the last 19 games, hitting .231/.286/.346 with one home run and four RBI over that stretch. However, his last start was June 29 against the Nationals and he appears destined to continue as a reserve for the remainder of the season.
Wallace went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer Wednesday against the Orioles. Wallace's fifth homer of the year came after the Padres were already trailing by seven runs in a game they'd eventually lose 12-6. Despite leaving the yard, he's struggled mightily in June, as he's only collected eight hits in 41 at-bats, and he's slashing .212/.350/.377 on the season.
Wallace is in the lineup and batting sixth for Wednesday's game against the Orioles. Although Wallace owns a very solid .352 OBP, his fantasy value is much lower since he is hitting just .213 with four home runs, 11 RBI and 13 runs scored through 58 games this season. He will have a decent matchup with Ubaldo Jimenez (7.34 ERA) on the mound but is a risky play regardless.
Wallace is not in the lineup Saturday against Colorado, Bill Center of Padres.com reports. Wallace has seen game-action the last six games so he'll get a maintenance day as Alexi Amarista returns to the fold. Wallace will look to find his batter's eye when he likely returns to the lineup Sunday, as he's hitting .200 over his last 35 at bats with 12 strikeouts.
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