Pirela (oblique) has gone 12-for-30 with five home runs, two doubles, nine RBI and eight runs through the first eight games of his rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso. Despite being sidelined since late April with the oblique injury, Pirela has shown no issues with generating power from his lower half during his week and a half of the farm. Pirela's 20-day rehab window will draw to a close June 18, but his recent form could prompt the Padres to bring him back before that date. Josh Naylor, who has reached base at a .239 clip while seeing spotty action since being promoted to the majors May 24, could be most at risk of demotion once Pirela is reinstated from the 10-day injured list.
Pirela (oblique) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday. Pirela has been sidelined since April 24 with an oblique strain, so he'll likely need to appear in a handful of rehab games before being cleared to return from the injured list. The utilityman appeared in just two games with the Padres before landing on the shelf, going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, and isn't guaranteed a spot with the big club once healthy.
Pirela was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with an oblique strain, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Pirela appeared in just two games with the Padres before suffering the injury. It's unclear how long the issue will keep him sidelined at this point; he'll be eligible to return May 1 should he prove ready. Ty France was recalled from Triple-A El Paso in a corresponding move.
Pirela will start in left field and hit eighth against the Reds on Saturday. Pirela struck out as a pinch hitter in Friday's game after getting called up from Triple-A El Paso earlier in the day, and he'll draw his first start of the season Saturday. The 29-year-old was brought up with Manuel Margot on the paternity list, so he might not be long for the big club. He has a pedestrian .259/.309/.392 slash line over 888 career big-league at-bats.
Pirela was called up by the Padres on Friday. Pirela's stay on the big-league roster may be a brief one, as he's up to replace Manuel Margot, who was placed on the paternity list in a corresponding move. Pirela hit .249/.300/.345 in 146 games for San Diego last season.