Makita was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Friday.
He has a 6.55 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 22 strikeouts in 22 innings (19 appearances) in the majors this season. The move needed to be made to clear a spot on the active roster for starter Walker Lockett.
Makita was recalled from Triple-A El Paso on Sunday.
Makita will make his way back to the majors to fill the spot in the bullpen that opened up when Phil Maton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a right lat strain. Makita currently owns a 6.75 ERA over 16 innings in the Padres' bullpen this season.
Makita was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Monday.
The Japanese reliever has had an eventful season with San Diego. While he has proven to be an effective reliever at times, he's also imploded a few times this season, ballooning his ERA to 6.75 on the season. He'll head down to the minors to get more experience against upper-level American hitters. Matt Strahm was activated from the disabled list to replace him in the Padres' bullpen.
Makita was charged with five earned runs on six hits and two walks over one inning of relief in Sunday's 14-2 loss to the Mets.
Makita seemingly turned a corner after covering five scoreless, one-hit innings across his most recent three appearances entering the weekend, but he took a major step back in the three-game series with the Mets, who also scored a run against him in his appearance Friday. The submariner proved even more hittable Sunday, surrendering a pair of home runs in the eighth inning along with a parade of base hits. With 12 runs allowed through his first 14 frames in the big leagues, Makita has plummeted in the bullpen pecking order and may no longer be in the mix for regular setup work in front of closer Brad Hand.
Makita recorded two outs and was charged with a run on one hit and two walks before being pulled in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 8-4 win over the Rockies.
With the Padres holding a five-run lead heading into the ninth inning, Makita was called upon to close the deal and retired two of the first three batters before unraveling. He exited with a four-run lead and two runners on base before closer Brad Hand notched the final out of the game with a four-pitch strikeout. Despite suffering an epic blown save Saturday against the Brewers, Hand seemingly has plenty of security as the Padres' closer, so Makita shouldn't warrant much interest outside of NL-only leagues that count holds.
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