Blash cleared waivers and was acquired by the Padres on Wednesday from the Mariners for a player to be named and cash, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Blash was a Rule 5 pick, so he was required to be offered back to the team that held his rights formerly, the Mariners, if he was designated for assignment and cleared waivers. Blash was designated for assignment and cleared waivers, allowing the the Mariners to reacquire the outfielder, which they did. Seattle then effectively dealt the 26-year-old back to the Padres for a player to be named and cash. Blash, now a member of the Padres organization once again, will begin an assignment with Triple-A El Paso in the coming days.
The Padres designated Blash for assignment Friday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The Padres gave Blash a shot this season as a Rule 5 pick, but he started just three games and went just 3-for-25 (.120) with 13 strikeouts, and the team ultimately decided to end the experiment. Blash can be traded to or claimed by any other team willing to add him to its big league roster, but if he clears waivers, he must be offered back to the Mariners, who held his rights prior to the Rule 5 draft.
Blash is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks. Blash drew into the order Thursday and accounted for Vince Velasquez's 16 strikeouts in a 3-0 loss. He'll take a seat Friday, however, with Matt Kemp returning to the lineup after getting the day off for Thursday's series finale.
Blash is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies. Blash got his first start of the season Wednesday against the Dodgers but went hitless in three at-bats. As one of the Padres' biggest stories of spring training and one of their most legitimate power threats in the outfield, Blash does figure to see his share of starts in the near future, but Melvin Upton Jr. is the primary left fielder for the time being.
Blash is starting in left field and hitting eighth Wednesday against the Dodgers, the Union-Tribune's Jeff Sanders reports. He received two plate appearances over the first two games, going hitless with a walk. However, given Melvin Upton's long track record of poor play, Blash is the guy with some actual fantasy upside in left field for the Padres, thanks to plus raw power. His playing time will likely be spotty in the early going, unless he gets hot and is able to separate himself from Upton.