Cowgill (rib) went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the Padres' Cactus League game against the Giants on Saturday. Cowgill had been sidelined for the previous two weeks with rib-cage tightness, which has effectively taken him out of the running for a reserve gig in the outfield. Look for him to be reassigned to minor-league camp in the coming days and open 2017 with Triple-A El Paso.
Cowgill was scratched from Saturday's lineup with rib cage tightness. The issue doesn't seem overly serious, but he should be considered day-to-day for now. Cowgill is in a battle with Jabari Blash, Nick Buss, and Rafael Ortega for a reserve outfield spot, but the 30-year-old is likely bound for the minors to start the season.
Cowgill signed a minor league contract with the Padres on Tuesday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He joins Jabari Blash, Nick Buss, and Rafael Ortega in the competition for a reserve outfield spot. Cowgill spent most of 2016 with Triple-A Columbus as part of the Cleveland organization, where he slashed .234/.311/.320. He's a long shot to make the roster out of spring training and likely bound for the minors.
Cowgill was designated for assignment Thursday. This move was done to create room for Adam Moore on the 40-man roster. Over 100 games with Columbus in 2016, Cowgill owns a .236/.310/.326 line.
Cowgill was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday. With Lonnie Chisenhall being activated from the DL, Cowgill was optioned down to Triple-A to make room for him. Cowgill was 1-for-12 in the big leagues after hitting just .188 last season for the Angels. He'll try to right the ship in Triple-A.