Mitchell was outrighted to Triple-A El Paso on Monday. Mitchell will report to the Chihuahuas after passing through waivers untouched. The right-hander, who owns a career 5.15 ERA across parts of five major-league seasons (171.1 innings), will serve as organizational pitching depth.
Mitchell was designated for assignment, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He lost out on a 25-man roster spot a couple weeks ago, and given the amount of young talent in the system, it's not surprising that the Padres needed to cut him loose from the 40-man roster. Mitchell's time as a big-league starter is probably over, but he could catch on as a reliever with a team that might want to put a waiver claim on him.
Manager Andy Green said Mitchell will not break camp in the Padres' starting rotation, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Mitchell was in the running for one of the team's final rotation spots, but a lackluster spring (6.23 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and 4:9 K:BB in 8.2 innings) has left him to compete for a job in the bullpen. The right-hander worked as both a starter and reliever last season, compiling a 5.42 ERA and 1.75 WHIP over 73 innings, and could do the same in 2019.
Mitchell agreed to a one-year, $910,000 contract with San Diego on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. The 27-year-old served in both starting and relief roles last season, posting a 5.42 ERA and 1.75 WHIP with 38 punchouts over 73 frames.
Mitchell will not make another start this season, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. As confirmed by Dennis Lin of The Athletic, Mitchell is done for the year after Monday's gem against San Francisco (8.2 scoreless innings, seven strikeouts). The Padres will go with a bullpen game Wednesday and then close out the season with Eric Lauer, Jacob Nix and Joey Lucchesi against Arizona. Mitchell was a certified disaster earlier in the year but put himself back into the conversation for the 2019 rotation by posting a 2.19 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in four September starts.
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