The Padres placed Baez (elbow) on the 60-day injured list Thursday.
Baez will be sidelined for the entire 2021 season and likely a portion of the 2022 campaign after he was diagnosed earlier this week with a torn UCL that will require Tommy John surgery. His move to the 60-day IL will afford the Padres some additional flexibility with their 40-man roster.
Baez has been diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament and will require Tommy John surgery, freelance writer Francys Romero reports.
Baez had recently been sidelined with arm fatigue and made only three appearances this spring, allowing four runs (three earned) and posting a 5:4 K:BB over 3.1 innings. He'll miss the entirety of the 2021 campaign and is likely to be out for part of 2022 as well.
Baez pitched one-third of an inning against Oakland in a Cactus League contest Thursday, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and one walk while striking out one. It was his first spring appearance since March 2.
According to Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune, Baez has been sidelined while refining his mechanics and dealing with arm fatigue. The right-hander was tagged for a solo home run in his brief appearance Thursday and has made only two appearance this spring. He is likely to open the campaign in the minors.
Baez will be stretched out in spring with the aim of developing as a multi-inning reliever, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Baez has experience starting in the minors, but his two-pitch arsenal and a crowded Padres rotation make a multi-inning relief role the most logical path to big-league innings. The 25-year-old has logged 34.1 frames in the majors over the past two seasons, but he appears to have a tough route to cracking the Opening Day roster given San Diego's bullpen depth.
Baez was optioned to the alternate training site by the Padres on Sunday.
The 24-year-old gave up one run on four hits over 2.1 innings while serving as the opener Saturday against the Rockies, but he'll return to the alternate site to make room on the active roster for trade-acquisition Trevor Rosenthal. Baez has allowed four runs on seven hits with a 7:2 K:BB through 4.2 innings this season.
Baez didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's contest between the Rockies and the Padres. He gave up one run on four hits while fanning three across 2.1 innings.
Baez only lasted 2.1 innings as the opening pitcher here, but that was expected considering he had only logged two relief appearances in 2020 prior to making his emergency start. He is expected to remain as a bullpen arm going forward.
Baez will start Saturday's game against the Rockies.
Adrian Morejon was initially scheduled to start Saturday, but he was placed on the 10-day injured list for an undisclosed reason. As a result, Baez will step in to take his place. Baez has made two relief appearances this season, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four over 2.1 innings.
Baez was recalled from San Diego's alternate camp Wednesday.
Baez made 24 appearances for the Padres in 2019 and posted a 3.03 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 28:14 K:BB across 29.2 innings in the process. Edward Olivares was sent to the team's satellite camp in a corresponding move.
Baez was sent to the Padres' alternate training site Wednesday.
Baez had been competing for a spot in the Padres' crowded bullpen, but he'll instead open the campaign without a spot on the 30-man roster. The right-hander posted a 3.03 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 28:14 K:BB over 29.2 innings in his first taste of the majors with the Padres last season.
Baez pitched six innings in Cactus League play, allowing one run on three hits while compiling a 5:2 K:BB.
Though Baez did not start any spring contests, his six innings were spread over three appearances, lending credence to the assumption that the Padres view the 24-year-old as an eventual big-league starter. Baez was used primarily as a reliever last season, but he's expected to be part of the starting rotation for Triple-A El Paso when the 2020 campaign gets underway.
Baez will be built up to a starting role during spring training, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Baez transitioned to the bullpen at the Double-A level last season and was used as a reliever upon reaching the majors, but San Diego views the 24-year-old as a starter in the long term. He's unlikely to make the Opening Day roster, but Baez could work his way into the rotation at some point during the season if he is able to develop a reliable third pitch and demonstrate success in the minors.
Baez struck out four batters and walked one over two scoreless frames during Sunday's loss to Arizona.
The 6-foot-8 rookie had a fairly impressive showing since his callup in late July. He posted a 28:14 K:BB alongside a 3.03 ERA over 29.2 innings out of the bullpen for San Diego.
Baez is opening Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.
A former top pitching prospect, Baez was moved to the bullpen this year in a logical move, given his shaky command and lack of a quality third pitch. He has a 3.25 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 24:13 K:BB in 27.2 innings across 23 appearances. Ronald Bolanos could come in as the primary pitcher.
Baez was officially called up to San Diego from Double-A Amarillo on Sunday.
Baez will work out of the team's bullpen but could be used for multiple innings. With Double-A Amarillo, he was used exclusively in relief but logged more than three outs in 12 of his 15 appearances. Overall, he's recorded a 2.00 ERA with 38 strikeouts across 27 innings this season.
Baez joined the Padres in Chicago on Saturday as a member of the taxi squad and could be formally called up from Double-A Amarillo at some point in the coming days, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
A trio of esteemed prospects in Baez, pitcher Adrian Morejon and infielder Luis Urias all joined the Padres for their road trip, but only Urias has been activated ahead of Saturday's game against the Cubs. Morejon and Baez should both officially join the roster soon, with the decision to activate either pitcher likely hinging on the usage of the team's other relief arms over the next few days. The Padres have used the 6-foot-8 right-hander exclusively in relief this season, with Baez turning in a 2.00 ERA while racking up 38 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .216 average across 27 innings. He could be a multi-inning weapon out of the bullpen over the final two months as San Diego looks to chase down a wild-card spot.
Baez (shoulder) has been activated from the injured list and will join Double-A Amarillo, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The 6-foot-8 righty hasn't pitched this season as he's been dealing with right shoulder inflammation, but he was activated Tuesday with Andres Munoz getting called up to Triple-A El Paso. Baez was impressive for High-A Lake Elsinore last season, posting a 2.91 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 92 strikeouts over 86.2 innings, but he struggled in his brief time in Double-A last year, giving up 15 runs in 18.1 innings.
Baez will begin the season on the injured list at Double-A Amarillo due to right shoulder inflammation, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union Tribune reports.
Once healthy, Baez will look to find more success in the Texas League after yielding 15 runs on 22 hits and 12 walks over 18.1 innings in his four starts at the level late in 2018. The Padres haven't provided a clear timeline for when he'll return to game action.
Baez was promoted to Double-A San Antonio on Thursday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Baez compiled a solid 2.91 ERA and 92:33 across 17 starts (86.2 innings) with High-A Lake Elsinore before earning a promotion. The 22-year-old will likely finish the year with the Missions, where he'll look to keep things rolling in his first taste of Double-A ball.
Baez (back) came off the disabled list and tossed five scoreless innings for High-A Lake Elsinore. He did not allow a hit, walked two and struck out two against San Jose.
He didn't miss his typical amount of bats in his High-A debut, but was still utterly dominant. Baez was held back in extended spring training to start the season with a lower-back issue, but that shouldn't affect his 2018 production, as he was going to be limited to around 100 innings this season anyway. Baez should receive a promotion to Double-A this summer if he continues to stymie High-A hitters in this manner.
Baez developed a lower-back issue in December and will remain in extended spring training for a few weeks, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
He is pitching in games in Peoria, Ariz., but has not yet built up his innings to the point that the Padres feel comfortable assigning him to an affiliate. Sanders speculates that Baez may begin his season toward the end of April. Perhaps the top breakout pitching prospect of 2017, Baez only logged 63.2 total innings between the AZL and Midwest League, so this won't negatively affect the amount of innings he is able to log in 2018, as he would likely have been limited to around 100 innings anyway. Look for Baez to open at either High-A or Double-A.
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|2017||AFX-Fort Wayne TinCaps||58.2||10||10||0||6||2||0||82||8||41||2.47||0.842|
|2018||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||86.2||17||17||0||4||7||0||92||33||73||2.92||1.230|
|2018||AAX-San Antonio Missions||18.1||4||4||0||0||3||0||21||12||22||7.46||1.878|
|2019||AAX-Amarillo Sod Poodles||27.0||15||0||0||3||2||1||38||11||22||2.00||1.222|