The Padres are 23-26, currently third behind the Giants and Dodgers in the National League West as the team heads into June. The Friars should get back much needed players from the disabled list. Yonder Alonso, Wil Myers, and Brandon Morrow who were key contributors earlier in the season could all make a comeback sometime in the month of June.
Once these players return, how will the 25 man roster end up looking? Here are some predictions:
- Yonder Alonso: Alonso will take over first base for Yangervis Solarte, who will move back into a utility role.
- Wil Myers: Myers looked great in the few games at first base and with Will Venable hitting and playing great defense in center field, it might be better to keep Myers at first base. One scenario which maybe an unfortunate one: platooning Alonso and Myers at first base. Both players played themselves into everyday roles prior to the injury, so this will besomething to watch.
- Brandon Morrow: Morrow was the club’s most consistent pitcher before heading to the disabled list in early May, but he looks to slide back into the rotation filling Odrisamer Despaigne‘s spot. Despaigne will return to the bullpen and a bullpen arm will be sent to the minors.
- Melvin Upton: When Upton returns, he could find himself sharing time in center field with Will Venable.
The more interesting part of it all is who ends up being sent down for the four players above, who are all scheduled to return sometime in June. Ideal candidates would be: Abraham Almonte, Cory Mazzoni, Frank Garces, and Cory Spangenberg.
Things get more complex if and when Josh Johnson and Cory Luebke return.
Like was previously said, Wil Myers and Yonder Alonso aren’t part time players, so could the team look to trade a major league piece in order to open a pathway to Myers or Alonso getting more playing time? It’s definitely an idea to take into consideration.
Of course all these scenarios are when every player is healthy. Another thing to remember – almost every team is never one hundred percent over a course of the season.
- Yonder Alonso (bruised shoulder) began his rehab assignment with the High-A Lake Elsinore yesterday, going 1-3 with a walk. He’ll join Triple-A El Paso on Friday and could be retained off the disabled list on Monday, tweets Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego.
- Also from Lin, Wil Myers (tendinitis in left wrist) saw “marked improvement” in his left wrist but there is still no timetable from his return. Jeff Sanders of U-T San Diego tweets that Myers could take some swings in the batting cage as early as this weekend.
- Additionally from Lin, Josh Johnson (Tommy John surgery) had general soreness recently, but it’s mostly gone. He hopes to start throwing again later this week.
- Finally from Lin, Cory Luebke (Tommy John surgery) will throw a 40 pitch simulated game next Tuesday at the club’s spring-training facility in Arizona. He recently began throwing live batting practice.
- Tim Federowicz (meniscus tear) recently began hitting in the cage, Federowicz’s tweeted on his personal Twitter account. He’s not expected back until sometime around the All Star break, at the earliest.
- Brandon Morrow (right shoulder inflammation) threw three innings in a simulated game and will likely throw two rehab games before potentially returning to the starting rotation, tweets Jeff Sanders.
- The club released infielder Josh Bell from the organization, writes Matt Eddy of BaseballAmerica.com. He never had an at bat in the organization, but did have some major league experience with the Orioles and Diamondbacks. Once touted as a top prospect, he last appeared in the majors in 2012.
- Outfielder Jeremy Baltz has been released from the High-A Lake Elsinore, according to the California League Transaction page. He hit just .188/.341/.362 in 86 plate apperences this season.
- Also, the team signed pitcher Jordan Hershiser to a minor league deal, tweets Triple-A El Paso broadcaster Tim Hagerty. Jordan, the son of Orel Hershiser, had 2.28 ERA in 30 appearances (four starts) at Low-A in 2014 for the Dodgers.
- The Padres are scouting the Brewers for an upgrade at shortstop, Ken Rosenthal discussed in a recent video. He said that Luis Sardinas, who was formerly in the Rangers organization during A.J. Preller’s tenure there, may be a better fit than Jean Segura who’s asking price will be significantly higher.
- Expect the Padres to be a front runner in leading the bidding for infielder Alfredo Rodriguez‘s services, tweets Jim Bowden of ESPN.com. Scouts have said he has the fielding ability to be a Gold Glove caliber player. Ben Badler of BaseballAmerica.com wrote up a profile on the shortstop, who’s offensive ability is still a question and would need some time to develop in the minor leagues.