Buddy Baumann made his big league debut in mid-July after being sidelined by a back injury, and he shuttled between El Paso and San Diego throughout the second half. Pitching exclusively in a relief role, Baumann maintained a strikeout-per-inning K/9 at both levels last season, working predominantly with a fastball-slider combination while mixing in the occasional changeup. Without overpowering stuff (88.6 mph fastball), Baumann may have a difficult time holding more than a low-leverage role in the San Diego bullpen, but he likely did enough in 11 appearances with the Padres to enter spring training with a chance to secure an Opening Day roster spot. In order to stick, however, he will need to cut back on the free passes after issuing walks at a 10 percent clip between Triple-A and the big leagues in 2016.
Baumann (undisclosed) has not pitched this week after being involved in a bike accident over the weekend, Dennis Lin of the Union Tribune reports. "He's fine structurally, " said manager Andy Green. According to Lin, Baumann went over the handlebars and landed on his left (throwing) shoulder. As such, the Padres have shut him down this week as a precaution. It's unclear at this point when Baumann will get back on a mound. Provided that Baumann's injury is not serious, he should be in line to claim a spot in the Padres' bullpen.
Baumann gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits in his lone inning of work Saturday. Baumann is competing for a bullpen job this spring, and while this outing wasn't terrible, it certainly doesn't help him considering he pitched the ninth inning against lesser talent. He had a few brief stints in the majors last season and showed a good ability to strike batters out (10 strikeouts in 9.2 innings). While Baumann doesn't have a ton of superior talent competing with him for the final two or three bullpen spots, he will still have to perform to earn an Opening Day job after manager Andy Green stated he wouldn't shy away from using some of the starters who miss the rotation battle out of the bullpen.
Baumann will be recalled from Triple-A El Paso, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. The left-hander helped El Paso to the Triple-A championship and will be rewarded with a promotion to San Diego. He made seven appearances with the big club earlier this season, allowing four runs over 5.1 innings. He will probably need to improve his control to gain a steady job in the Padres' bullpen next season.
Baumann has been optioned back to Triple-A El Paso, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Baumann came up on Friday to temporarily take the roster spot vacated by Brandon Morrow landing on the paternity list. With Morrow officially activated Monday, Baumann will return to El Paso, where he holds a 1.09 ERA across 20 appearances on the season.
The Padres recalled Baumann from Triple-A El Paso Friday. Baumann will take the roster spot of Brandon Morrow, who was placed on the disabled list. This will be the third big-league stint of the season for Baumann, who had allowed just one earned run over 5.1 innings with the Padres before giving up three earned runs without recording an out in his last outing with the team Aug. 12.