The Rays recalled Padlo from their taxi squad Tuesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Padlo is getting his first call-up to the big leagues after the Rays required an extra bat on the bench following Kevin Kiermaier's (quadriceps) placement on the 10-day injured list. The Rays will presumably want to add another outfielder to the mix to provide depth behind projected starters Austin Meadows, Manuel Margot and Randy Arozarena, so Padlo may only be a placeholder on the bench until Brett Phillips (hamstring) is eligible to come off the IL on Friday.
The Rays optioned Padlo to their minor-league camp Tuesday.
Padlo is expected to report to Triple-A Durham, where he finished the 2019 season after receiving a promotion from Double-A Montgomery. Over his 40 games at Durham, the corner infielder slashed .290/.400/.595 with nine home runs across 155 plate appearances.
Padlo is on the four-man taxi squad that will travel with the Rays to Washington, D.C. for the two-game road set against the Nationals that begins Monday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Padlo has been working at the team's alternate training site in Port Charlotte, and he'll now have an outside chance at seeing his first major-league action over the first part of the week. The 24-year-old has been toiling in the organization's minor-league system since 2014 and slashed .290/.400/.595 with nine home runs and 27 RBI across 155 plate appearances at Triple-A Durham in 2019.
Padlo is projected to be part of the 60-man player pool that will report to the Rays' summer camp, reports.
The 23-year-old had been optioned to Triple-A Durham back on March 10, although he could have been primed for some big-league action in 2020 under any circumstance after slashing .290/.400/.595 across 155 plate appearances with the Bulls last season. Padlo has also been with the Rays for each of the last three years in spring training, but he has just a home run and two RBI over 20 at-bats during that stretch.
The Rays optioned Padlo (illness) to Triple-A Durham on Monday.
Padlo wasn't available for the start of big-league camp while he dealt with severe headaches, but he's feeling better after having found proper medication to treat the condition. The missed time likely had no bearing on Padlo making the Opening Day roster, as he was always expected to begin the season at Triple-A. He was cleared last week to resume full baseball activities and should be ready to go when Durham opens its schedule April 9.
Padlo (illness) reported back to Rays camp Wednesday and said he's been cleared to resume full baseball activities, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Padlo had been sidelined for all of spring training thus far due to what the Rays deemed a "non-baseball-related illness." The 23-year-old shed some light on the matter Wednesday, telling the media that he had been dealing with severe and persistent headaches that he's since been able to treat through medication. The corner infield was added to Rays' 40-man roster over the winter, but even if he hadn't missed time in camp, he wouldn't have been a serious candidate to earn an Opening Day gig with the big club. Instead, expect Padlo to report back to Triple-A Durham to begin the season.
Padlo (illness) won't begin baseball activities for at least another week, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Padlo has been sidelined by a "non-baseball illness," though he's now back in Port Charlotte with the rest of the squad. The 23-year-old was added to the 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft but was likely a long shot to break camp with the team. Missing a considerable portion of spring training reduces his chances further.
Padlo isn't taking part in baseball activities due to an illness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Rays didn't offer any specifics, stating the 23-year-old is dealing with a "non-baseball-related illness." Padlo was added to the 40-man roster in November in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, but he'll now be making a late start to spring training.
Padlo was added to the Rays' 40-man roster Wednesday.
Not only did the Rays protect Padlo from the Rule 5 draft, but they designated Matt Duffy for assignment, largely because Padlo looks like the better option at third base. He hit .290/.400/.595 with nine home runs in 40 games at Triple-A. Padlo strikes out a lot (29.7 K%), but he can handle the hot corner and he has legitimate power and on-base skills. He probably won't break camp on the 25-man roster, but should be heard from at some point in 2020.
Padlo (undisclosed) is just 3-for-16 (.188) since returning from the disabled list with High-A Charlotte on July 12.
Granted, he is 3-for-6 with a home run over the past two games, but the fifth-round draft pick (2014) continues to struggle at the plate as he moves up the Rays' organization. Padlo's eye at the plate is solid (14.9 percent walk rate) and the power is there, but there's plenty of swing and miss in his game, which could hinder his advancement up the organizational ladder.
Padlo, 19, is batting .130/.279/.222 to go with one homer and two steals over 69 plate appearances with Low-A Bowling Green this season.
Padlo, who was acquired from the Rockies in January as part of the Corey Dickerson-Jake McGee deal, is off to a rough start with his new organization, mirroring the struggles he experienced at Low-A Asheville in the second half of last season. While he's been able to draw 10 walks already, Padlo still has too much swing-and-miss in his game, a quality that could prove even more disastrous as he rises to higher levels in the minors.
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