The Padres recalled O'Grady from Triple-A El Paso ahead of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Rockies, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He'll start in right field and bat seventh in the opening game of the twin bill.
O'Grady was one of the hitters San Diego elected to bring up from the minors after five position players were placed on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday. Two of the players in question are Wil Myers, Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo, all of whom have been factors at the corner-outfield spots this season. O'Grady could be in store for a near-everyday role in the short term until the Padres get some reinforcements in the outfield.
O'Grady was optioned to the alternate training site Friday.
The 28-year-old was recalled from the alternate training site earlier this week when Fernando Tatis (shoulder) was placed on the injured list, and he'll now return to the alternate site with Trent Grisham (hamstring) being activated. O'Grady went 0-for-1 in his lone appearance as a pinch hitter.
O'Grady was recalled from the Padres' alternate training site Tuesday.
The 28-year-old failed to crack the Opening Day roster, but he'll join the big-league club with Fernando Tatis (shoulder) landing on the injured list. O'Grady should fill a bench role during his time in the majors.
The Padres optioned O'Grady to their alternate training site Monday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
O'Grady was informed that he missed out on the Opening Day roster after Jorge Mateo and Tucupita Marcano secured the final two bench roles that were up for grabs. The 28-year-old made a spirited bid for a reserve job this spring, posting an .843 OPS while going 2-for-3 on stolen-base attempts over 44 Cactus League at-bats.
O'Grady went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs, four RBI and two walks Monday in a Cactus League contest versus Milwaukee.
O'Grady is competing for a reserve role this spring, and he badly needed Monday's breakthrough performance with Jorge Mateo -- one of his primary challengers -- hitting well so far. Mateo may still have a leg up considering that he is out of minor-league options (O'Grady is not), but the latter can make a push if he can carry his effort Monday forward.
O'Grady will compete for the backup center field job during spring training, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Manager Jayce Tingler mentioned a few Padres players who are likely to see time in center in spring, and O'Grady's experience at the position in the minors would seem to make him a feasible choice to claim the backup CF role if he's able to impress during spring training. However, the 29-year-old has thus far not done much with his big-league opportunities, so it remains to be seen how much playing time he'll get on a San Diego squad that is considered a World Series contender.
O'Grady signed a major-league deal with the Padres on Tuesday.
The former Ray can play all three outfield spots in addition to first base. He has a career .213 average with two home runs and one steal in 53 MLB plate appearances and hit .280/.359/.550 with 28 home runs and 20 steals at Triple-A in 2019. O'Grady bats left-handed and turns 29 in May. He will likely make the team in a bench role.
The Rays released O'Grady on Monday.
After being dropped from the Rays' 40-man roster Friday, O'Grady will now part ways with the organization entirely after going unclaimed off waivers. O'Grady saw limited action in a deep Rays outfield in 2020, appearing in only two games.
O'Grady was designated for assignment on Friday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Despite being a big-league ready member of the 40-man roster in 2020, he amassed just five plate appearances for the big club, so the writing was on the wall. O'Grady could get a look on a rebuilding club, but he probably won't be breaking through on this loaded roster anytime soon.
The Rays optioned O'Grady to their alternate training site Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
O'Grady became a surplus option in the outfield when Randy Arozarena was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Sunday, so it doesn't come as a major surprise that the 28-year-old was demoted Wednesday to clear a spot for starting pitcher Charlie Morton (shoulder) to return from the IL. He appeared in two games after his callup, going 2-for-5 with a double, two runs and a stolen base.
O'Grady went 2-for-5 with a double, a stolen base and two runs in a win over the Marlins on Sunday.
O'Grady was just recalled Saturday from the alternate training site in Port Charlotte, and manager Kevin Cash wasted little time getting the 28-year-old into the lineup. O'Grady logged the first 48 plate appearances of his big-league career in 2019 with the Reds, a promotion he earned after slashing .280/.359/.550 with 28 home runs and 77 RBI across 112 games at Triple-A Louisville. As those numbers indicate, he carries some offensive upside that he also flashed during spring training earlier in 2020, so it will be intriguing to see how he performs against big-league arms over a potentially longer sample than he enjoyed last season.
O'Grady was called up to the Rays' 28-man active roster Saturday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
O'Grady and Kevan Smith were recalled from the team's alternate training site Saturday when Ryan Yarbrough (groin) and Mike Zunino (oblique) were placed on the 10-day injured list. O'Grady made his big-league debut in 2019 with the Reds, where he had two home runs and three RBI in 42 at-bats. He'll figure to play a depth role in the outfield for the time being.
O'Grady was optioned to the Rays' alternate training site after Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
O'Grady was recalled by the Rays on Tuesday, so it's not much of a surprise he'll be heading back to the alternate site with rosters shrinking from 30 to 28 players. The 28-year-old didn't appear in either of his games spent with the big-league club.
O'Grady was recalled by the Rays on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
O'Grady was narrowly kept off the Rays' Opening Day roster, but he'll take on an outfield depth role after Manuel Margot (personal) was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday. The 28-year-old made his major-league debut with the Reds last season, hitting .190/.292/.429 with five extra-base hits, three RBI and 17 strikeouts over 42 at-bats.
O'Grady, who is part of the 60-man player pool that will report to the Rays' summer camp, still has an opportunity to garner a spot on the Opening Day roster, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The offseason acquisition from the Reds organization opened eyes in Grapefruit League play with a .348 average (8-for-23), and although he'd been optioned to Triple-A Durham back on March 26, he'll now have a chance to continue making a case for a spot on the 30-man Opening Day roster. O'Grady will face stiff competition for an outfield role from the talented Randy Arozarena during summer camp, and there's always the possibility both players are with the team when the regular season begins.
The Rays optioned O'Grady to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
One of seven players cut from major-league camp, O'Grady was long shot to crack the Opening Day roster due to the Rays' logjam in the outfield. O'Grady showcased an intriguing power/speed combination with the Reds' affiliate at Triple-A Louisville last season, but his contract issues (27.9 K%) could prevent him from translating that success to the big-league level.
O'Grady credits playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic and his work with Reds strength and conditioning coach Morgan Gregory this offseason for his success during spring training, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports.
O'Grady made a significant impression during Grapefruit League play, hitting .348 (8-for-23) with three doubles, two home runs, five RBI, one walk and four runs across 14 games. The 27-year-old arrived via trade from the Reds in late November, and his success during the exhibition slate had him in contention for one of the Rays' final roster spots when play was suspended. It remains to be seen what type of ramp-up to the regular season there will eventually be and how many opportunities that will afford O'Grady to continue making his case; however, after slugging 28 homers at Triple-A Louisville last season, O'Grady is confident he'll be back up with the big-league club at some point in 2020 if he starts the campaign in the minors. "There are probably only two or three spots and a decent amount of people going for them," he said. "I don't think there's anything else I could have done for deserving to be on that team. I'd be disappointed if I'm not, but at the end of the day, I'm sure my opportunity will come at some point."
O'Grady was traded from the Reds to the Rays on Wednesday in exchange for cash and a player to be named later.
O'Grady will remain on a 40-man roster after being designated for assignment by the Reds earlier in the week. The 27-year-old owns a career .286/.360/.553 slash line at the Triple-A level but hit just .190/.292/.429 in his 28-game big-league debut last season.
O'Grady was designated for assignment by the Reds on Monday.
O'Grady reached the big leagues for the first time in his career in his age-27 season. He didn't do much with his 48 plate appearances, hitting .190/.292/.429.
O'Grady went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Pirates.
Despite two outfield regulars (Jesse Winker and Nick Senzel) being shut down for nearly all of September with injuries, O'Grady didn't really benefit from an extended audition. O'Grady's start in the season finale was his first in seven games, seemingly suggesting that his development isn't a major priority for the Reds. If he remains on the 40-man roster heading into spring training, expect O'Grady to begin the 2020 campaign at Triple-A Louisville.
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