Velasquez (finger) signed a minor-league contract with the Padres on Wednesday and is expected to be added to the 28-man active roster to start Friday's series opener against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

The 29-year-old was cut loose by the Phillies on Tuesday after being designated for assignment over the weekend, and the injury-plagued Padres will bring him aboard and quickly insert him into the starting rotation. The team hasn't formally announced which game of the series in St. Louis that Velasquez is slated to pitch, but Friday makes the most sense, given that Blake Snell (groin) -- the previously scheduled starter that day -- was placed on the injured list. Velasquez landed on the injured list with Philadelphia due to a right middle finger blister in early August, but he made six rehab appearances in the minors before parting ways with the organization and appears to be healthy again.

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