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Padres' Joey Lucchesi: Set to start Friday
Lucchesi will start the Padres' second game of the season Friday against the Giants, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Lucchesi was in the running to start Opening Day for the Padres, but Eric Lauer will instead get the call. The 25-year-old made 26 starts as a rookie in 2018, and had a 4.08 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 145:43 K:BB across 130 innings.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Eric Lauer: Gets Opening Day nod
Lauer will start for the Padres on Opening Day.
Lauer will get the ball first for the Padres after dominating through three spring appearances (0.50 WHIP and 12:3 K:BB in 10 scoreless innings). The southpaw, who compiled a 4.34 ERA and 8.0 K/9 in 23 starts (112 innings) as a rookie in 2018, will be followed in the rotation by Joey Lucchesi.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Manuel Margot: Better outlook in center field
Margot could see a heavier role in center field given Wil Myers' spring struggles at the position, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Margot appeared to be on the outside looking in for playing time with the Padres moving Myers to center field this spring, but his defensive issues have caused the team to reconsider its plans. Meanwhile, Margot has performed well at the plate in spring training with a .292/.358/.418 slash line in 48 at-bats, though he also has 14 strikeouts. The change of plan certainly doesn't guarantee the 24-year-old an everyday role, with Franchy Cordero also pushing for playing time.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Wil Myers: Center field reps likely limited
Myers is unlikely to be used regularly in center field by the Padres this season. Manager Andy Green said Saturday, "We need more than what we've got in spring training for us to feel like that's our best choice over and over [in center field]," AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
The transition to center field was made this spring with hopes the team could maximize its firepower in the outfield, but the experiment apparently hasn't yielded satisfactory results. Myers could still be utilized there in certain matchups. "At points in time throughout the year, we'll probably consider it," Green said. "We'll probably try it. I don't think he's, at this point in time, solidified himself as our best option in center field." Manuel Margot and Franchy Cordero figure to see the bulk of the time in center field, while Myers, Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes battle for time in the corner outfield spots.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Luis Perdomo: Optioned to minors
Perdomo was optioned to minor-league camp Saturday.
Perdomo failed to win a job as either a starter or a reliever this spring, hardly a surprise as he posted a 7.05 ERA last season and has a 5.40 career ERA through 355 innings. He's still just 25 years old, but the Padres have had a number of more interesting young pitchers pass him by, so it's hard to see him being a significant factor down the road given his poor track record.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Brad Wieck: Fans three in spring debut
Wieck (illness) allowed one run on two hits in one inning of work Friday against the Rockies. He struck out three.
Wieck, who had surgery to treat testicular cancer before spring training, looked sharp in his Cactus League debut. It's still unclear if he'll have enough time to get ready for the start of the season, but the southpaw is certainly trending in the right direction.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Javy Guerra: Optioned to minors
Guerra was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Friday.
Guerra had been fighting for a bench spot, but his .136/.208/.182 line didn't help his chances. He made a 13-game big-league debut last season but still has more to prove at the Triple-A level after hitting just .223/.269/.398 for El Paso last season.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Chris Paddack: Looks on track for rotation
Paddack appears well positioned to break camp as a member of the Padres' rotation, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Manager Andy Green has been cagey about the Padres' rotation plans, but all signs point to Paddack opening the season in the big leagues, barring the late addition of another veteran starter to the mix or an organizational desire to delay the right-hander's MLB service clock. While Joey Lucchesi, Eric Lauer and Matt Strahm seem to have locked up their rotation spots, there's still two openings left vacant with the likes of Robbie Erlin, Luis Perdomo, Bryan Mitchell, Jacob Nix (elbow) and Brett Kennedy (lat) having removed themselves from consideration based on poor performance or injury this spring. That leaves Paddack and two other prospects (Logan Allen and Cal Quantrill) left standing in the competition, with Paddack having vastly overshadowed both thus far. Though Paddack battled some command issues while raising his pitch count to 75 in a minor-league game Tuesday, the Padres' decision to have him throw on the back fields rather than against the Diamondbacks' big-league lineup that same day can be viewed as a positive. San Diego is scheduled to face Arizona in its second series of the season, with Paddack a candidate to take the hill for one of those three games.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Cal Quantrill: Still alive for rotation spot
Quantrill is expected to make his final Cactus League appearance in Sunday's finale versus the Cubs and remains a candidate to crack the Padres' Opening Day rotation, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Joey Lucchesi, Eric Lauer and Matt Strahm already appear to have secured their places in the rotation, but Jacob Nix's elbow injury along with poor springs from Bryan Mitchell, Luis Perdomo and Robbie Erlin has paved the way for a trio of prospects to vie for the final two starting spots. Chris Paddack and Logan Allen are held in higher esteem as prospects and have largely outperformed Quantrill this spring, but the 23-year-old could boost his chances of breaking camp with the big club with a strong showing this weekend. The uncertainty that Quantrill will actually beat out Paddack or Allen for a job in addition to his meager production in the minors render the athletic right-hander little more than a late-round flier in NL-only formats.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Logan Allen: Odds of making team increasing
Allen is expected to start Sunday in the Padres' Cactus League finale versus the Cubs, which might put him on track to break camp as a member of the Opening Day rotation, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Only Joey Lucchesi, Eric Lauer and Matt Strahm look like rotation locks at this point, and with the competition in camp becoming increasingly thin, a trio of prospects -- Allen, Chris Paddack and Cal Quantrill -- appear to be the remaining candidates for the final two spots. Paddack has been the most buzz-worthy of the three hurlers this spring and commands the most immediate attention in redraft leagues, but Allen is a well-regarded southpaw who shouldn't be subject to as strict innings limitations this season as Paddack. Allen has submitted a 7.27 ERA this spring, but much of the damage came in one brutal start. He's otherwise looked sharper than Quantrill thus far and could solidify his spot with the big club with one more quality showing over the weekend.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Robbie Erlin: May be headed to bullpen
Erlin is expected to open the season in the Padres' bullpen, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Erlin entered camp with what appeared to be a great chance at making the Padres' rotation, but he appears to have removed himself from consideration by giving up 11 runs on 14 hits and four walks through his first 9.1 innings of Cactus League play. When deployed in relief last season, Erlin thrived to the tune of a 2.05 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in 52.2 innings, so he could be tabbed for a prominent role out of the bullpen to begin 2019. Erlin's demotion probably carries more important fantasy implications for the likes of young starters Chris Paddack and Logan Allen, who now both have greater chances of cracking the season-opening rotation with another arm removed from the competition.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Eric Lauer: Could be candidate for Opening Day
Lauer is a candidate to receive the start for the Padres' Opening Day game March 28 versus the Giants, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Lauer has been dominant through his first two Cactus League starts, striking out eight while covering six no-hit innings. That's probably enough for him to secure his place in a low-grade Padres rotation to begin the season, and he could line up for Opening Day depending on how the Padres arrange their pitching schedule for their final three games in Arizona this weekend. After an off-day Thursday, Lauer and Joey Lucchesi are in line to start either Friday against the Rockies or Saturday versus the Angels. If Lauer gets the Saturday nod, it would put him on schedule to take the hill for the opener on his typical four days' rest.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Luis Perdomo: Won't factor into rotation plans
The Padres no longer view Perdomo as an option for their season-opening rotation, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
After a rocky, injury plagued 2018 season, Perdomo needed a big spring to have a serious chance at winning a rotation spot. Perdomo has responded with six runs allowed on seven hits and five walks over seven frames in Cactus League play, effectively removing himself from the starting conversation. He still has two minor-league options remaining, so the Padres will likely send him to Triple-A El Paso to begin the season to continue his development as a starter.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Eric Hosmer: Likely No. 2 hitter
Hosmer is projected to serve as the Padres' No. 2 hitter this season, Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press reports.
Hosmer will slot in between leadoff man Ian Kinsler and big-ticket free-agent pickup Manny Machado in the lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Brewers, and that trio is likely to remain intact once the Padres open the regular season March 28 versus the Giants. Coming off a disappointing first season in San Diego, Hosmer has gone 10-for-34 with one home run and two steals in spring training. It's unlikely that he'll ever emerge as a premium power source at first base, but his solid contact skills give him a better batting-average floor than most of his contemporaries at the position. If health prevails, Hosmer should also notice an uptick from last season's totals of 69 RBI and 72 runs, given the improved quality of the bats surrounding him in the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Jacob Nix: Dealing with UCL tear
Nix was diagnosed with torn UCL in his right elbow Tuesday and will visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache to determine whether to undergo surgery, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Nix was shut down Thursday after experiencing arm soreness and the underlying injury could end up costing him a significant chunk of time. The 23-year-old made his MLB debut last season and made nine starts with a 7.02 ERA and 1.54 WHIP and was competing for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. Pending Dr. ElAttrache's opinion, Nix could return to throwing in 6-to-8 weeks as the initial diagnosis was a low-grade strain, according to AJ Cassavell of MLB.com.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Hunter Renfroe: Rejoins lineup
Renfroe (fatigue) is starting in left field and hitting sixth Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
Renfroe has been withheld from action recently due to general fatigue, but he's ready to rejoin the lineup after taking some time off to rest. The outfielder has struggled so far this spring, hitting just .172/.219/.310 with one homer through 11 games.... See More ... See Less