Padres Points: Solarte, Morrow, Lucchino

The San Diego Padres are 52-57 and are 3-4 since not making any major moves at the trade deadline. Despite the recent three-game skid, the team has played better of late and part of that reason is because of better play from all three phases of the game – offense, pitching, and defense.

Here are a few Padres that have played exceptionally better and have produced well since the All Star Break:

  • Yangervis Solarte: 24-78 (.329/.364/.507), 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB 11 SO.
  • Matt Kemp: 18-66 (.273/.351/.470), 4 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 8 BB 12 SO.
  • Derek Norris: 14-52 (.269/.321/.365), 2 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB 13 SO.
  • Tyson Ross: 2-1 (4 starts), 3.47 ERA, 23.1 IP, 23 H, 11 R (9 ER), 8 BB, 24 SO, 1.329 WHIP.
  • Ian Kennedy: 2-1 (4 starts), 3.12 ERA, 26 IP, 24 H, 9 ER, 4 BB, 25 SO, 1.077 WHIP

Injury Notes

  • Brandon Morrow (right shoulder inflammation) was diagnosed with an impingement in his right shoulder, tweets Corey Brock of MLB.com. He has two options, either continue to rehab and pitch through it or have surgery, which would force him to sit out for three to four months. He would essentially be out the rest of the season if he opted for surgery.
  • Also from Brock, Wil Myers (wrist) recent setback was just irritation, but he has yet to resume baseball activities (Twitter Link).
  • Corey Spangenberg (knee) is currently rehabbing with Double-A San Antonio. During his rehab stint, he’s 2-11 (.182/.250/.364), with a 3B, RBI, BB, SO.

Friar Notes

  • Rumors that Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino could return to the Padres organization are “purely an assumption”, writes Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune.  Lucchino helped bring San Diego a new ballpark, but left to the Red Sox organization before Petco Park opened in 2004. A return to the organization isn’t completely out of the question, but no direct communication has been made between either parties.
  • The Padres were in talks with several teams at the trade deadline, but felt that there wasn’t a deal out there that would make them better now or in the near future, Padres executive chairmen Ron Fowler explained in an interview on the Mighty 1090. He goes on to say there’s an expectation to compete for years to come and they expect to add payroll in the offseason.
  • Both outfielder Matt Kemp and pitcher James Shields have been placed on revocable waivers, writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Of the two, Shields is the more likely to be traded this month, though both have contracts that most teams aren’t looking to take on at this current time. If Shields passes through waivers, the Padres could look at opportunities to deal him, though it seems unlikely at the moment. Want to know more about how revocable waivers work? Click here.

Friar Moves

  • The Padres announced that they have reinstated right handed pitcher Ian Kennedy from the paternity list and optioned right handed pitcher Leonel Campos to Triple-A El Paso. Campos appear in one game for the club, giving up one earned run.
  • Another Padre will head to the paternity list this week. The team announced that outfielder Will Venable has been placed on the paternity list and plus hitting prospect Alex Dickerson was recalled. The outfielder will serve as the team’s fourth outfielder until Venable can return.

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