Quackenbush is one of the Padres' closer candidates following the trades of Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit. Keep in mind this is January speculation, before the first pitcher has reported to spring training, and not hard news coming from the Padres. Nick Vincent and Jon Edwards are also among the candidates, but Brandon Maurer will be stretched out to compete for a starting job.
The Padres promoted pitcher Kevin Quackenbush from Triple-A on Wednesday, the team announced. Quackenbush produced a 3.10 ERA in 20 1/3 innings in an earlier stint with the Padres this season. To make room for Quackenbush, the team optioned pitcher Nick Vincent to Triple-A. Vincent went 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA over 12 2/3 innings this season.
The Padres optioned reliever Kevin Quackenbush to Triple-A El Paso on Thursday to clear a roster spot for outfielder Wil Myers, who was activated off the disabled list. Quackenbush is 1-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 19 relief appearances for San Diego.
The Padres placed reliever Shawn Kelley on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to a left calf strain. The move is retroactive to April 23. "It's probably something that's not going to take too long or very serious, but the nature of our games, they need us out there every night," Kelley said Friday, per U-T San Diego. "I'm going to take advantage of it to continue working on what I've been working on and get my calf healed up. When that's good to go, I'll get in some games and get back." To take Kelley's spot on the roster, reliever Kevin Quackenbush was recalled from Triple-A El Paso. "I'm happy to be back. This team's playing great. I'm looking forward to being part of it," Quackenbush said. Kelley heads to the DL with a 0-2 record and 10.13 ERA in six relief appearances. He has six strikeouts and five walks in 5 1/3 innings.
The Padres have optioned pitchers Brandon Maurer and Kevin Quackenbush to Triple-A El Paso, the team announced Sunday. Quackenbush was competing for a role in the bullpen, but San Diego acquired closer Craig Kimbrel Sunday, forcing an arm out of the selection. He posted a 3.72 ERA with nine strikeouts and two walks in 10 appearances this spring. Maurer posted a 3.86 ERA with five strikeouts and one walk in seven spring training appearances.