Padres’ Points: Alonso, Upton, Venezuela

The Padres are 27-28 and crept within one game of the .500 mark. Winners of seven of their last eleven games, Padres pitching has been better (3.03 ERA over last two weeks) and hitting has been solid (hitting .255/.299/.342 over the last week).

The return of Yonder Alonso has payed early dividends (4-7, RBI, 3 runs). Alonso and the Padres played good baseball the last couple of games, scoring seven runs in back to back nights to take the series from the Mets.

The Padres go on an important seven game road trip against two teams that many think are not contending for a playoff spot, the Reds and Braves, though the Braves are still in the thick of the race.

Between June 5th and July 1st, 19 of the next 25 games will be against teams with below .500 records. This will be the opportunity for the Padres to climb above .500 and put themselves back into the divisional race.

Even with better play over the last 11 games, this hasn’t stop the discussion of the Padres trading some of their players come the trade deadline.

In a recent television interview on Fox Sports, Ken Rosenthal discussed the Padres, saying they could both buy and sell come the trade deadline. Rival league executives say that the club could flip Justin Upton for prospects to help replenish the system that General Manager A.J. Preller stripped when he acquired all of the talent this past offseason.

Or they could flip Upton for major league pieces to help areas of need (particularly in the infield). This is similar to deadline deals done by the Athletics/Red Sox and Cardinals/Red Sox last July, trading major league talent for major league talent.

In local San Diego sports talk, there has been some questioning to Padres officials about re-signing Justin Upton, who could be in for a $200 million or more payday, though team officials have been quiet on any Upton talks, if any.

Nationally, people see that Upton was more of a one year rental situation and there is a very small chance he re-signs in San Diego, which I tend to agree with

Injury Notes

  • Wil Myers (tendinitis in left wrist) took batting practice on the field Wednesday and the reviews were positive, Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego writes. Bud Black said it’s a matter of “when” not “if” while discussing a Wil Myers’ return (link, 6:45 mark) in a recent interview. Myers may go on a rehab assignment before the Padres returns home from the upcoming seven game road trip on June 11th, tweets Bill Center of Padres.com.
  • Brandon Morrow (inflammation in right shoulder) threw his first rehab start for Double-A San Antonio and it went well. His line: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 0 SO. He’ll need one more rehab start before a possible return to the rotation.
  • Melvin Upton (left foot) continues his rehab assignment at Triple-A El Paso. He’s 11-41, 46 PA (.268/.333/.317), 8 R, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 11 SO, 3 SB. He was expected to need about 40-50 plate appearances before a return to the major league club. As of Thursday, he had 46 plate appearances, so he should join the Padres sooner rather than later.

Friar Notes

  • The Padres have agreed to deals with Venezuelan prospects SS Reinaldo Ilarraza ($350K), 2B Kevin Alarcon ($400K), and SS Kevin Melean ($500K), writes Devan Fink of CoverThoseBases.com. These deals won’t be official until July 2nd, when the new international signing bonus begins.
  • Fink also notes that General Manager A.J. Preller, known for his international pursuit of baseball talent, has been “very aggressive” in trying to go after the best infield prospects in Venezuela.

Friar Moves

  • Padres announce they’ve reinstated Yonder Alonso from the disabled list. In a corresponding move, right handed reliever Cory Mazzoni has been sent down to Triple-A El Paso. In 7 innings this season, Mazzoni gave up 11 runs (10 earned) in 7 innings pitched with the major league club.

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