Player News - Padres

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have checked in with the Padres on the availability of Tyson Ross, Brad Hand and Kirby Yates.

The club has already known to be interested in Hand, so it's only logical that they would discuss other players as well. Ross has had a bounce-back season for the Padres this year, registering a 4.24 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 97/43 K/BB ratio across 108 1/3 innings in his 19 starts. An impending free agent at season's end, Ross looks increasingly likely to be flipped before the trade deadline.
Jul 15 - 7:57 PM

Christian Villanueva clubbed his 19th home run of the season as the Padres fell to the Cubs on Sunday afternoon in San Diego.

Villanueva also singled and drew a walk in the contest, finishing the day 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. While he has flashed impressive power, Villanueva has been very inconsistent over the season's first half, slashing .232/.289/.483 with 19 long balls and 43 RBI.
Jul 15 - 7:40 PM

Eric Lauer was knocked around in his first half finale on Sunday, giving up five runs on five hits in just two innings in a loss to the Cubs.

Lauer walked one and struck out three in the ballgame. The Cubs jumped on him early and often in this one, scratching out three runs in the first inning and adding another pair in the second before chasing the left-hander. Prior to this debacle, Lauer had been pitching very well, posting a 2.33 ERA over his previous eight starts. He finishes the first half with a 4.87 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 77 2/3 innings in his 16 starts.
Jul 15 - 7:40 PM

Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run pinch-hit home run in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

Renfroe stepped up as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and proceeded to get the job done in loud style with a two-run home run to straightaway center. That dinger drew the Padres to within 5-4 on the scoreboard, but the Cubbies would manage to hold them at bay through to the end of the game. On the whole this season, Renfroe is hitting .241/.312/.441 with six home runs and 24 RBI in 56 games played.
Jul 15 - 2:13 AM

Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

Hosmer smacked a two-run homer off Kyle Hendricks in the first inning for his lone hit on the evening. The dinger was his 10th of the campaign. After signing a monster eight-year, $144 million contract with the Padres over the winter, the first baseman has largely been spinning his wheels this season, slashing .247/.316/.397 over the course of 365 at-bats. It's hard to believe, but Saturday's home run was Hosmer's first since June 12.
Jul 15 - 2:08 AM

Luis Perdomo allowed five runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

Eric Hosmer was gracious enough to hand Perdomo a 2-0 lead via a first-inning home run off Kyle Hendricks, but the right-hander did not manage to hold onto that edge for long. Ian Happ clubbed a solo home run off him in the second inning and Kyle Schwarber rocked a two-run shot off him in the fourth inning before Javier Baez put an end to his night with a two-run double with one out in the fifth. It was Perdomo's second consecutive stinker-of-a-start, as the Dodgers pounded him for six runs when he last toed the rubber. He'll have a week to breath with the All-Star Game approaching, at least, but the stark reality is that the 25-year-old has pitched to a 7.55 ERA and 2.10 WHIP in seven starts this season.
Jul 15 - 2:01 AM

Padres manager Andy Green said Jordan Lyles (elbow) "looked sharp" in a simulated game Saturday.

"The stuff was coming out of his hand well," Green said. "The curveball looks really good. I think we’ll expect to send him out for a rehab assignment hopefully Thursday – the last day of the break – and evaluate how that goes. Maybe one more after that. Maybe not. It just kind of depends on where he’s at." That timetable trends toward a return this month, or by early next month at the latest. Lyles has been out since June 21 due to right forearm tightness.
Jul 14 - 9:31 PM

Brad Hand took his fifth blown save after giving up a run in the ninth Friday against the Cubs.

Hand has matched last year's total of blown saves in 31 fewer appearances, though that's sort of deceptive since he spent a good chunk of the year as a setup man (Hand had three blown saves as a setup man and two as a closer in 2017). Hand was named to his second straight All-Star Game earlier this week, but he was a borderline pick; he was definitely more impressive in both 2016 and 2017.
Jul 14 - 2:10 AM

Travis Jankowski went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer against the Cubs on Friday.

The homer was his second, matching his total from 2015 and 2016 (he failed to homer in 75 at-bats last year). Jankowski has been a fine leadoff man for the Rangers this year, posting a .351 OBP and going 14-for-17 stealing bases in 206 at-bats. He'll keep playing against righties, leaving Hunter Renfroe on the wrong side of a platoon.
Jul 14 - 2:06 AM

Wil Myers went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles -- including a two-run two-bagger -- in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

The Padres were trailing 3-0 at the time Myers finally broke the team through on the scoreboard with a two-run double in the seventh inning. Those two runs would be the only ones his crew scored in the game. Myers has missed a large chunk of the campaign due to injury, but he's played well when health has permitted. The multi-faceted slugger is now slashing .306/.364/.613 with eight home runs, 20 RBI and four steals in 30 games played this season. He's a prime contender for a big second half if he can stay on the field.
Jul 13 - 1:58 AM

Travis Jankowski went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

Rough night at the office for the outfielder, who has managed just one hit in his last 14 at-bats. Jankowski is working to a lackluster .264/.348/.328 triple-slash with one home run and seven RBI in 62 games this year.
Jul 13 - 1:55 AM

Tyson Ross surrendered one run on three hits over 6 1/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

Ross struck out five and walked three on the evening. While he wasn't always hitting the strike zone, the Dodgers were barely hitting him at all. They did not pick up their first knock until the sixth inning, when Joc Pederson finally managed a double. Ross would escape the spot of trouble without Pederson touching home. Alas, opposing number Ross Stripling matched him with zeros on the scoreboard, which made the Andrew Toles RBI single Ross surrendered with one out in the seventh inning a killer. He has not won a game since June 3, having now suffered outright losses in five consecutive decisions. The All-Star break will surely come as a welcome respite after this recent spate of defeats. Ross will pick back up after the break holding a 4.24 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 97/43 K/BB ratio in 19 starts (108 1/3 innings).
Jul 13 - 1:49 AM

Christian Villanueva is not in the Padres' lineup Thursday against the Dodgers.

Carlos Asuaje will fill in at third base and bat second versus Dodgers starter Ross Stripling. Villanueva leads the Padres in both home runs (18) and RBI (42), though he sports a dreadful .228 average with 82 strikeouts in 259 at-bats.
Jul 12 - 7:16 PM

Padres recalled C Rafael Lopez from Triple-A El Paso.

Joey Lucchesi was sent down to El Paso in the corresponding roster move. The 30-year-old Lopez has hit just .180 with three homers across 100 major league at-bats this season. He'll split playing time behind the plate with Austin Hedges and veteran A.J. Ellis.
Jul 12 - 6:42 PM

Padres optioned LHP Joey Lucchesi to Triple-A El Paso.

Beat writer Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune suspects the Padres did this to keep Lucchesi on schedule with the All-Star break coming up. He's required to be in the minors for at least 10 days but should be back in the big leagues as soon as those 10 days are up. The rookie holds an impressive 3.34 ERA over 14 starts for the Padres this year, but hasn't been pitching deep into games. Rafael Lopez was called up from Triple-A in the corresponding roster move.
Jul 12 - 6:42 PM


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