Makita cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Makita was designated for assignment Friday but will remain with the organization for the time being after passing through waivers unclaimed. In 27 big-league appearances this past year, he logged a 5.40 ERA and 37:12 K:BB in 35 innings of relief.
Makita was designated for assignment by the Padres on Friday. Makita split the 2018 season between Triple-A El Paso and the big club, posting a 3.76 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.5 K/9 across 26.1 innings with the Chihuahuas while struggling to a 5.40 ERA and 1.26 WHIP across 35 innings with the big club. The move was made to free up roster space for younger prospects who need to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. Makita will take a spin through waivers to determine where he lands.
Makita was recalled from Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday. El Paso was knocked out of the PCL playoffs over the weekend, prompting the Padres to promote Makita for the final few weeks of the season. The veteran reliever has split time between the majors and minors this season, struggling to a 6.10 ERA across 31 innings with the Padres but posting a more respectable 3.76 ERA across 26.1 innings with the Chihuahuas.
Makita was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Friday. Makita tossed 3.1 scoreless innings Thursday, but his reward will be a demotion as the Padres will elect to bring in a fresh arm. He'll be swapped with Miguel Diaz, who was recalled in a corresponding move.
Makita was recalled from Triple-A El Paso on Sunday. Makita was last in the majors as the Padres' 26th man for a doubleheader in late July. The 33-year-old has an ugly 7.09 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 26.2 major-league innings this season.
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