Jose Pirela is an enigma. After fizzling out with the Yankees, he was non-tendered by the Padres last winter. Pirela ultimately re-signed with San Diego on a minor-league deal and forced his way to the big leagues by slashing .331/.387/.635 in 48 games at Triple-A. To the surprise of many, he carried that success over to the highest level, hitting for impressive power even at Petco Park, which was the second-worst park for home runs (five homers, .196 ISO at home). His strikeout rate was manageable at just over 20 percent and he walked at a useful clip (7.8 percent), with everything totaling up to a 122 wRC+ and 2.1 fWAR in 83 games. Was it a mirage? There are concerns: 31.5 percent flyball rate, 57 percent stolen-base rate and a lack of track record. He will be competing with Franchy Cordero, Alex Dickerson and Travis Jankowski for the starting job in left field this spring, and figures to be the heavy favorite based on last year's success.
Pirela has been shut down for the remainder of the season due to a sprained left pinkie finger, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. It appears the finger ailment that has kept Pirela out of the lineup since Sept. 12 will end his season prematurely. This isn't all too surprising, as the Padres are well out of playoff contention, so it doesnt make much sense for them to push Pirela to return for a few meaningless games. The 27-year-old compiled a respectable .288/.347/.490 line with 10 homers in 83 games following his callup at the beginning of June, and manager Andy Green said he's "front of the line" to be a starter next year for the Padres.
Pirela (finger) is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rockies. Pirela is set to miss another game -- his ninth straight -- as he continues to nurse his ailing left pinkie finger. He's been sidelined for a little more than a week with the ailment, and manager Andy Green suggested that Pirela may be shut down for the season if he fails to show noticeable improvement over the next few days. While he was able to take dry swings earlier in the week, it's still unclear when he'll be able to face live pitching, leaving his status up in the air. Matt Szczur is starting in his place Thursday, while Cory Spangenberg and Travis Jankowski could also see time in left field while Pirela is sidelined.
Manager Andy Green suggested Tuesday that Pirela (finger) could be shut down for the season if the outfielder fails to show noticeable improvement over the next few days, Nathan Ruiz of MLB.com reports. Pirela has been nursing a sprained left pinkie finger for a little over a week, which limited him to two lone appearances as a pinch runner in the Padres' past seven games. The 27-year-old was able to take some dry swings Tuesday, but it remains unclear when he'll face live pitching, putting his status for the rest of the season up in the air. Pirela's absence has opened up more playing time in left field for the likes of Cory Spangenberg, Matt Szczur and Travis Jankowski.
Pirela (finger) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks. Pirela's finger injury continues to linger, so he'll remain on the bench for a seventh straight game. It's still unclear when he may return to the lineup, but Matt Szczur and Travis Jankowski will continue to see time in left field in his absence. Jankowksi is starting for him Tuesday, batting seventh.
Pirela (finger) is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks. Pirela will remain on the bench for a sixth straight game as he continues to nurse a sprained finger. There is still no word on when he'll be able to return to the lineup. In the meantime, Matt Szczur will start for him in left field.