Schimpf was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Friday, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Although Schimpf has 14 homers this season, he's batting just .158 (26-for-165) and is striking out 35.5 percent of the time, so the Padres decided to send him down to the minors to work on his approach. He still has some serious pop, so he could prove to be serviceable for the Padres down the road if he's able to adjust his swing in order to make more contact. Jose Valdez was recalled in a corresponding roster move, while Cory Spangenberg figures to see the bulk of playing time at third base moving forward.
Schimpf is not in the Padres' lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Jack Magruder of FanRagSports.com reports. The hacking but powerful second baseman will park on the pine as Patrick Corbin toes the rubber for Arizona. Schimpf fails to make contact against any pitcher, though, and his OPS is actually slightly higher against lefties (.732) than righties (.706), albeit over a smaller sample size of 50 plate appearances. Jose Pirela will take his spot at second base and lead off.
Schimpf is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. With lefty Robbie Ray taking the hill for Arizona, Schimpf will cede Tuesday's start at the hot corner to Cory Spangenberg. The 29-year-old slugger has five home runs and 16 strikeouts over the past 14 games, so he continues to be a feast-or-famine hitter for San Diego.
Schimpf is out of Saturday's lineup against the Rockies, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Yangervis Solarte will start at second base and hit second. Schimpf doesn't have a mult-hit game since May 8, but he has five home runs over his last 10 games, so there is a definite give and take with his fantasy production.
Schimpf is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Cubs. Despite reaching base in seven of the last nine games, Schimpf will head to the bench for Tuesday's contest. Cory Spangenberg will draw the start in the hot corner for Schimpf.
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