D'Arnaud was outrighted to Triple-A El Paso on Friday. The utility infielder was designated for assignment on Independence Day, and it seems like his sub-.200 batting average wasn't enough to warrant any interest while he was exposed to waivers. His major-league experience could make him a trade chip down the line or even a callup candidate in case of injuries, but for now he'll toil in the minors as an organizational depth piece.
D'Arnaud was designated for assignment by the Padres on Tuesday. The Padres needed to clear room on the roster for Tuesday's starter, Trevor Cahill, and d'Arnaud was ultimately the roster casualty. The 30-year-old compiled a .143/.176/.245 triple slash in 22 games for the Padres, so it wasn't too difficult of a decision. He could draw interest on waivers given his previous major-league experience coupled with his ability to play multiple positions.
D'Arnaud was reinstated from the paternity list Friday, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. D'Arnaud was absent for the Padres' series against Atlanta this week as he attended to the birth of his child, but returns in time for the weekend series with the Dodgers. The 30-year-old has seen limited action as a reserve bat this season and hasn't been impressive when he has played, hitting only .200 over 55 at-bats.
D'Arnaud was placed on the paternity list Tuesday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. D'Arnaud will leave the team to be with his wife and newborn baby for a few days. Manuel Margot was reinstated from the disabled list in a corresponding roster move.
D'Arnaud came off the bench and delivered the go-ahead home run in Saturday's extra-inning win over Milwaukee. After getting a brief run of playing time with his new club, d'Arnaud has been relegated to a bench role over the Padres' last eight games. With three options capable of playing shortstop, manager Andy Green has been rolling with the hot hand. Saturday's timely home run could net the 30-year-old another look in the lineup, but he won't warrant deep-league consideration until he is seeing regular at-bats.